Church Leader Reveals Jim Howard, California Pastor Who Committed Suicide, Would Suddenly Stop Taking Medication for His Mental Illness, Says ‘You Never Really Know the Darkness Behind What Someone is Carrying’

Jim Howard, a California pastor who fatally shot himself in the head at his home last week after a private struggle with mental illness, would sometimes fail to take medication prescribed for his condition.

“In talking with some of his friends I discovered that he was known to be on medication and would suddenly go off, which is not recommended,” Rusty George, lead pastor of the more than 6,000 member Real Life Church, in an interview with KHTS on Tuesday.

“There were some things there that I didn’t fully know about, those of us closest to him didn’t fully know about. He would make comments apparently to some, we didn’t really take it all that seriously ‘cause Jim was always joking and fun-loving and all of that. And to look back on it, I think anytime you look back, hindsight is 20/20, you start piecing some things together. But you never really know the darkness behind what someone is carrying,” George said.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Howard became the lead pastor for Real Life Church’s Valencia Campus in July 2018 and had also been serving as the executive director of the church’s family ministry for the last three years.

Detectives told The Signal that they began investigating the death of a person they suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the backyard of a Valencia home last Wednesday.

Shortly before 3:40 p.m., paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department were dispatched to the home on North Sunny Creek Drive and police were called in to investigate.

Carl Goldman, owner of KHTS, said even though he was close friends with Howard he never saw any signs that would lead him to believe his friend would take his life.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair