A long line of mourners formed around the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla., for the viewing of late Pastor Zachery Tims on Friday. Tims’ funeral was held Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando.

Both the wake and funeral were closed to members of the media, at the family’s request. No cameras were allowed inside the church but T.J. Bristol spoke to the Orlando Sentinel after viewing the late pastor and saying his goodbyes.Bristol told the Sentinel that Tims touched many lives and the huge crowds of people lined up outside the church were proof of that.

He said Tims was “a man of God who reached out to people, especially those not used to attending church. I was out on the streets and [Tims] talked to me and it changed my life.”

Bristol also told the Sentinel that when he looked down on Zachery Tims’ face, he saw peace, serenity – and a little smile. Thousands of church members, friends and family gathered at the First Baptist Church of Orlando on August 20 for the funeral services of megachurch pastor Zachery Tims. A viewing was held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, followed by the funeral services at 11 a.m. A procession traveling to Woodlawn Cemetery in Orlando, where the late pastor will be laid to rest took place after the funeral, reported WFTV news.

The funeral service lasted nearly four hours.  It was closed to the media. Security at the funeral was very tight. Cell phones and cameras were not allowed to be used inside the church. Tims’ body was laid to rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, New Destiny’s website has suggested making a donation to Dr. Zachery Tims Jr. Children’s Trust at any Bank of America branch.

Rest In Peace Reverend… Rest In Peace

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Footage From  The funeral

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