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Jim Howard

It is with a heavy heart that I can confirm we suffered a tragic loss on our church staff this week. On Wednesday, January 23rd, Jim Howard — a beloved pastor here at RLC — took his own life.

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.

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.

We have arranged for professional counselors to support our staff and volunteers who are grieving over Jim’s passing. If any members of our community are struggling with mental health issues and need to talk to someone, please call our office right away at 661.775.7401 and we will help you. In addition, we will be addressing this tragedy and the broader crisis of suicide in America during this weekend’s worship services at Real Life Church. We invite everyone to join us Sunday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.

Rusty George
Lead Pastor, Real Life Church

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