Rick Seaward, a Charismatic church planter who helped plant thousands of churches around the world and the founder of Singapore’s first megachurch, was killed in a car accident last Saturday while in Brazil for a missions conference.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our founder, Reverend Doctor Rick Seaward, on 24th March 2018, in a car accident in Brazil,” Victory Family Centre Singapore announced on Monday.
According to the church, the 63-year-old evangelist arrived in Brazil for the conference last Friday. The fatal accident happened in the town of Três Pontas in the Minas Gerais state as Seaward was driving to his hotel after the Saturday conference.
A memorial service will be held on April 13 at The Star Performing Arts Center in Singapore.
Seaward founded Victory Family Centre along with his wife, Diane, in 1977 when it was known as the Calvary Charismatic Centre.
According to a memorial webpage, the church’s first service was held in a hotel. It would eventually blossom to plant over 1,000 churches in 90 nations around the world under Seaward’s leadership.
“A man of great faith and vision, he was well known around the world for his firm conviction that every local church has a part to play in world missions,” the memorial page reads. “Pastor Seaward was renowned for his revolutionary strategies in planting churches that would in turn plant more churches.”
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Source: Christian Post