A beloved youth pastor who died Monday at age 36 from flu complications after lamenting having gotten the flu shot had suffered two strokes four years ago and battled other health issues in recent years, her pastor revealed at her memorial service Thursday.
The youth pastor, Allison Williams, who was employed by Reddington Christian Church in Seymour, Indiana, from 2008 until her death, repeatedly asked to step down from her role when she faced bouts of serious health issues, the church’s Senior Pastor Scott Brown said.
“About four years ago when she had two strokes, how difficult of a time do you think that was for her? It was profoundly difficult for her. Profoundly difficult for her. She kept telling me after that time period when she was still healing, she kept telling me, she said, ‘You need to find a new youth minister. You need to find one,’” Brown revealed during her memorial service Thursday night that was broadcast on Facebook Live.
“She said, ‘It’s better for the kids.’ And we just kept saying, ‘No, you belong to us. We’re gonna get through this together. We’re not going to replace you. You’re not going anywhere unless God makes it clear that you’re to go,’” Brown continued.
He further explained that even though Williams didn’t feel like she should continue in the role during her time off from work due to her illness, she never wavered in her faith.
He said after the strokes, she went on to have other health issues and she tried to step down as she took time off to deal with those issues as well.
“She had this entire series of very serious eye problems. Eye surgeries and face down for weeks at a time and unable to clearly see and function. And again we went through that whole conversation all over again where she kept saying, ‘You need to find a different youth minister, you need to find one that’s not broken for the kids.’ And all over again I said, ‘No, you belong to us. We’re gonna get through this together. You’re not gonna be replaced, not unless God takes you outta here,’” Brown said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair