PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. - Local church members honored their pastor on Sunday after he was killed riding his bike a few days ago.
Channel 2 Action News was there as hundreds packed into the West Ridge Church in Dallas, as they recalled fond memories of their beloved Pastor Andrew Pray.
Sunday marked the first service held since Pray died while bike-riding along Highway 41 in Bartow County last Wednesday.
His colleagues said with Thanksgiving approaching, Pray already planned Sunday service.
“We are about to do the service that Andrew planned. He had already planned because he thought you bunch of heathens may skip church after Thanksgiving,” a member jokingly said.
Investigators said Pray was cycling northbound on Highway 41 when he was hit by a charter bus.
Paramedics rushed him to a hospital, where he was in critical condition, but he didn’t survive.
On the West Ridge Church Facebook page, hundreds have left comments under photos of him with his wife and three children.
“I know what he is doing. He is standing before the throne of God and he is worshipping with all his heart,” a member said.
Before the start of Sunday’s service, the congregation shouted something Pray would tell his colleagues before they all took the stage.
“One, two, three. Let’s have church,” they shouted.
A visitation will be held at the church at 11 a.m., followed by a celebration at 1 p.m.
The church has also set up a fund on Facebook for the Pray family. Click here for more information.
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