Since Pastor Zachery Tims died suddenly in August, questions have abounded about who would take over the 8,000 member megachurch he co-founded with ex-wife Riva Tims. That question was answered with this announcement from New Destiny on Thursday, Dec. 29.
Here is the official statement from New Destiny:
NEW DESTINY CHRISTIAN CENTER ANNOUNCES PASTOR PAULA WHITE
AS NEW SENIOR PASTOR AND SUCCESSOR
Church will maintain original focus of being a family church meeting family needs
The Board of Regents and the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that PastorÂ Paula White has answered our call to become the new Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center. Pastor will assume her new role when she takes the pulpit to lead the church\’s annual New Year\’s Eve services on Saturday.
We celebrate the continuation of a vision, a vision launched back in 1996 with the founding of New Destiny Christian Center as a non-denominational church with a multi-cultural mission. The central directive of this ministry has always been to build people of purpose, power and prayer. We believe Pastor Paula will continue to make New Destiny aÂ church for all people, reaching out to the hurting and the lost by touching lives and helping individuals overcome the disabling challenges of life.
Pastor PaulaÂ was selected after an exhaustive processÂ conductedÂ by theÂ NDCC Board of Directors in close cooperation with the church\’s Board of Regents.Â Â Pastor Paula will serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and will be subject to the oversight of the Board of Directors and the Board of Regents. Her focus will be on preaching and ministering to our church family.
We prayed fervently for guidance during our search for a new senior pastor and this led us to ask Pastor Paula to serve as our new Senior Pastor.Â We were searching for someone who could understand the historyÂ of our ministry, someoneÂ who had a close relationship with our members and our staff and someone who knew the heart of our senior founder. We earnestly know that the Lord led us toÂ select Pastor Paula. We know she will honor the vision and the legacy on which our church is built.
In answering our call, Pastor Paula called her appointment a joyful and blessed moment in a life spent in service to God.
â€œI will come to my new assignment with a servant\’s heart, humbled by this great responsibility and grateful for the confidence the board has shown in naming me Senior Pastor,â€ Pastor Paula said. â€œI will work tirelessly each day to ensure that the mission of this church is fulfilled and that its ministry and congregation remain united and strong.â€
As founder of Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries,Â Pastor Paula knowsÂ the needs and care that must be given to the local church. She understands how to support a ministry from the ground up and the sacrifice and prayer required to keep a church strong and moving forward in ministry to a world in turmoil. She has traveled globally for nearly three decades to share the gospel with literally millions of people and has a keen sense of the global mandate NDCC senior leadership envision for the church.
Church leaders fromÂ around the world have calledÂ Pastor PaulaÂ â€œone ofÂ today\’s\’ great communicators and teachersâ€ who â€œshares hard hitting, street wise, practical wisdomâ€ on life, faith and service to God. She has served as a mother to the leadership and body of New Destiny for 15 years. Pastor Paula has the passion, courage, dedication, experience, and the love of the Lord to lead the church forward and deliver New Destiny\’s continuing promise to serve the local congregation and the global community as well.
We pray that all members of our church family will unite in support of Pastor Paula and to continue the church\’s work and ministry.Â Â Â We know that times of transition and change can often bring questions, concerns and uncertainties. But we ask that all of our brethren in Christ would unite in prayer and support of Pastor Paula and to work with her to move our great church forward into a promising new future. Together we will continue to accomplish great thingsÂ in the name of the Lord.