Pennsylvania Pastor Who Survived Crash that Killed His Wife Returns to Pulpit; Says, ‘I Would Rather Lose My Leg Than My Voice’

Courtesy of GT Church | The Revs. Bryan and Lynn Koch of GT Church in Spring Township on a recent missions trip in Africa.
Courtesy of GT Church | The Revs. Bryan and Lynn Koch of GT Church in Spring Township on a missions trip in Africa.

A Berks County pastor left critically injured in a horrific motorcycle crash is sharing his story of survival.

After making it through 17 surgeries, Pastor Bryan Koch will return to GT Church in Spring Township to preach during Sunday services.

“It’s been a challenging road, but God is bringing me through it,” said Koch, who is thrilled to be back to work.

Koch has made it through hard times before, but he just endured the fight of his life. He had two crushed hips, a broken pelvis and his left leg was amputated after being pinned underneath an SUV.

“I thought I would rather lose my leg than my voice, because as a pastor and as a preacher that’s a big part of what we do,” Koch said.

Koch will return to the worship stage Sunday at GT Church, where he’s been a pastor for 27 years. It will mark 19 weeks since the accident. He plans to preach the last message in the church’s EPIC series, which includes stories of impressive displays of faith and miracles.

“My message this week is to encourage anyone that’s in a hard place that’s going through tough things in life,” Koch said.

On June 7, Koch and his wife, Pastor Lynn, were less than a mile from their home when their motorcycle was run off the road by an SUV in Bern Township. Lynn was killed.

Police said the driver of the SUV, Sean Eyrich, had a blood alcohol level that was four times the legal limit. He’s been charged with homicide by vehicle.

“I am praying Sean will come to Christ. That’s what I needed and it’s what everybody needs. It’s why we exist as a church,” Koch said.

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