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Jan 29, 2019 by Helena

Sadly, Pastor Jim Howard Takes His Own Life

Lead Pastor Jim Howard of the Real Life Church in California sadly fatally shot himself in the head at his home in Valencia, CA. This happened last Wednesday. It was known that he battled mental illness, and it unfortunately won. 

“It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm we suffered a tragic loss on our church staff this week. On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Jim Howard —

"a beloved pastor here at RLC — took his own life,”

Rusty George, lead pastor of Real Life Church began in a statement released on Facebook last Thursday.

“As all of us who knew Jim can attest, he was a wonderful man with a deep love for Jesus and a passion for sharing the grace of God with anyone he met. He was also a tornado of energy, always looking for new challenges and opportunities to minister to others,” George said.

George also shares in his statement that Howard was battling this illness for a while and even publicly spoke about it. Howard serves as a pastor at Real Life Church, a church with around 6000 members, for more than three years.

“Sadly, Jim suffered in private with mental health challenges — some of which he bravely discussed in public — and was wrestling with some personal issues in recent months. This week he made the tragic decision to end his pain. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, the RLC family and all those who were blessed to know him,” George said.

He further urged church members who are struggling and need help to call the church.

"Mental health challenges affect EVERYONE. Don’t suffer alone. Reach out if you need to talk. You don't have to suffer alone,”.

The Jared Monroe Foundation a California nonprofit dedicates their efforts to help those who are suffering from mental illnesses. They encourage people coping with this to reach out and not to be alone in this process: “Our deepest condolences to Pastor Jim Howard's family, friends and RLC family. Mental health challenges affect EVERYONE. Don’t suffer alone. Reach out if you need to talk. You don't have to suffer alone,”.



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