Kayla Stoecklein, Wife of California Pastor Andrew Stoecklein, Says She is ‘Completely Heartbroken, Lost, and Empty’ After His Suicide

Kayla and Andrew Stoecklein on their way to a Chris Stapleton concert on August 17, 2018.
(PHOTO: INSTAGRAM)

Kayla Stoecklein, wife of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein who died in a tragic suicide last week, has opened up in the aftermath of his death, revealing she is “completely heartbroken.”

Kayla and Andrew had three boys together. She wrote on Instagram, “Please pray for me and the boys. I don’t know how I am going to face this, I am completely heartbroken, lost, and empty. Never in a million years would I have imagined this would be the end of his story.”

Her full message is below.

Last night, the love of my life, the father of my children and the pastor of our incredible church took his last breath and went to be with Jesus. It wasn’t the miracle I was hoping for but he is now in heaven with his dad, free of pain, free of depression and anxiety.

He was an amazing husband, he truly made me better, made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the world, and he loved me so deeply. We fit so well together, we were one. He was an amazing daddy, his three boys are going to miss him so much. He had such a unique and special relationship with each of them. He was an incredibly gifted teacher, communicator, and pastor. He was special, one of a kind and will be missed by thousands of people all around the world.

Please pray for me and the boys. I don’t know how I am going to face this, I am completely heartbroken, lost, and empty. Never in a million years would I have imagined this would be the end of his story.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions, please tell someone. Please make sure you’re not alone, and please call a friend or family member before you make that irreversible decision. You are loved and valued more than you know! #godsgotthis

–Joshua James