Rick Warren’s Son Commits Suicide; Christian Community Expresses Grief

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., lost a son today. Many leaders in the Christian community have been expressing sorrow and offering prayers for Warren and his wife Kay.

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren is shown in his Twitter profile photo. (Photo: Twitter/@RickWarren)

Mark Driscoll: Teared up hugging and praying over my 5 kids today while praying for my friend Pastor Rick Warren whose 27-year-old son died. Please pray for his family & their church family.

T. D. Jakes: My heart is broken over the sad news of @RickWarren and @KayWarren1 losing their son today. Please keep them in prayer

Ed Stetzer: New Blog Post: Please Join Me in Praying for @RickWarren and @KayWarren1 on This Sad Day

Jefferson Bethke: Heartbroken hearing the news of @RickWarren’s son passing last night. Can’t even imagine. Let’s approach the throne of grace together.

Cameron Strang: Heartbroken prayers for Kay and @RickWarren, whose youngest son Matthew took his life last night. Incredibly sad.

Beth Moore: Heartbroken for the Warren family. The Moores are weeping with you, @RickWarren & @KayWarren1. We will hold you up in prayer. Esteem

Dave Ramsey: Very Sad news.Pastor @RickWarren 27 year old son Matthew passed. Rick and Kay we love you, pray for you, cry with you

Greg Laurie: Join me in prayer for @RickWarren and @KayWarren1 Their son Matthew has gone to be with the Lord.

Russell Moore: Let’s all pray for @RickWarren and @KayWarren1 who are going through a time of grief and loss.

From Charisma:

Rick Warren’s son has taken his own life. Matthew Warren, 27, had struggled with mental illness before his death.

Evangelist Greg Laurie posted an e-mail the Saddleback Church pastor sent to this staff: “Only those closest knew that he (Matthew) struggled from birth with mental illness, dark holes of depression, and even suicidal thoughts. In spite of America’s best doctors, meds, counselors, and prayers for healing, the torture of mental illness never subsided. Today, after a fun evening together with Kay and me, in a momentary wave of despair at his home, he took his life.” Click here to read a prayer request Rick Warren e-mailed to his staff.

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