astor Jarrid Wilson, a California church leader, author and mental health advocate, died by apparent suicide Monday night, his wife said. He was 30.
“My loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious, give the shirt of his back husband went to be with Jesus late last night,” Juli Wilson posted on Instagram Tuesday. “Suicide doesn’t get the last word. I won’t let it. You always said, “Hope Gets the last word. Jesus gets the last word.”
Wilson is the author of several books, including “Jesus Swagger” and “Love is Oxygen.”
In 2016, he and his wife founded Anthem of Hope, a nonprofit that wants to better equip churches to help those with mental health issues like depression, anxiety and self harm.
Wilson also appeared in a 2017 episode of the TLC show “Outdaughtered” where he encouraged a Texas father of six daughters to seek therapy.
Most recently, he was an associate pastor at megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California. He joined the church 18 months ago.
“At a time like this, there are just no words,” Harvest senior pastor Greg Laurie told Christianity Today.
“Sometimes people may think that as pastors or spiritual leaders we are somehow above the pain and struggles of everyday people. We are the ones who are supposed to have all the answers. But we do not,” Laurie said.
Wilson’s wife posted a photo tribute of her husband on social media with one shot in the slideshow showing him fishing “in his happy place.” She called her husband “loving, giving, kind-hearted, encouraging, handsome, hilarious.”
“No more pain, my jerry, no more struggle. You are made complete and you are finally free,” she wrote in the caption.
Wilson was open about his own depression, often posting on his social media accounts about his battles with the mental illness.
Before his death, he tweeted, “Loving Jesus doesn’t always cure suicidal thoughts.”
His death came one day before during National Suicide Day (Sept. 10) and about a day after he retweeted this Anthem of Hope tweet:
“Lonely? Depressed? Need someone to talk to? Check out the FREE Anthem of Hope 24/7 chat feature. You don’t have to do this alone!”