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A Georgia family and church congregation are still in shock after Teddy Parker Jr. commits suicide.

Pastor Teddy Parker Jr. of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, Ga., told his wife and two kids to go ahead of him to church this past Sunday morning and that he would meet them there. So off they went, joining the other 800 members of his congregation.

Time passed, and the preacher, who once confessed to his flock that sometimes “I don’t feel like God is hearing me,” didn’t show up to deliver God’s word.

A few hours later, his wife, Larrincecia Parker, 38, found the reverend dead in the driveway of their home from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound,” the Christian Post reports.
Silent suffering.
That’s what Greg Warner called the affliction of pastoring in pain in a 2009 piece about a pastor who committed suicide in his parked car. “Being a pastor–a high-profile, high-stress job with nearly impossible expectations for success–can send one down the road to depression, according to pastoral counselors,” Warner wrote.

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Discussion: What Happens When Pastors Suffer In Silence?  was originally published on praisecleveland.com