Grieving Pastor Commits Suicide: Mom and Son Watch

Pastor Ed Montgomery Commits Suicide After His Wife DiesPastor Ed Montgomery of the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Church committed suicide in the presence of his mother and son. He couldn’t manage to get over his deceased wife and said he constantly heard her voice and footsteps.

Montgomery fatally shot himself inside of his Matteson home on Saturday as his loved ones pleaded for him to put the gun down. His mother had stopped by to check on him and his son; she had no idea what she was walking into. Montgomery held a gun to his head as his son continuously screamed, “Dad don’t do it, please don’t do it.”

The Illinois pastor buried his wife last December and has had a very hard time trying to navigate life without her. Montgomery and his deceased wife, Prophetess Jackie, both served at the church for many years in various capacities.

The Christian Post acquired official incident records from the Matteson Police Department. These records confirmed details surrounding the tragic death of Montgomery. Reportedly, this grieving pastor took his own life while paramedics and police waited outside the home.

The report also contained details of the mental anguish and struggle that Montgomery has endured since his wife’s untimely death. His wife, Jackie, died from an inconclusive brain aneurysm December 2012; exactly one year prior to his unfortunate demise. Records explained that his anguish worsened drastically during these past two weeks and Grieving Pastor Commits Suicide While Mom and Son Watchculminated with him ending his own life.

During a standoff with his family the pastor said that the pain he’s been dealing with was unbearable and he had no desire to continue living. He told his loved ones that he hadn’t slept in on a month and couldn’t do it anymore.

With the gun that ended his life held up to his head, Montgomery let them know that he could not go on. He told them that ending his life would be best. He asked them not to call anyone because he did not wish to live any longer without his wife.

According to the report, Montgomery’s mother had reached out in an attempt to get help for her son; but to no avail.

Founder and senior pastor, Apostle Ron Wilson, said his church is devastated by the news of Montgomery’s suicide.

Wilson said that he had no knowledge of the depth of Montgomery’s depressed state because he didn’t see any signs of trouble whenever he was in his presence. Wilson said it was completely hidden from the church family. Wilson said whenever Montgomery was around his countenance seemed as if he was getting through it. Suicide tendencies were the last thing he would have expected Montgomery to be dealing with.

Wilson alleged over time Montgomery began missing church so it became difficult to know what was going on with him. They assumed he just needed time to get it together and when he was absent they tried to respect his privacy. Wilson said nothing about his actions or expressions suggested that he was contemplating suicide.

Wilson said Montgomery may have attended church once every month after the passing of his wife and then just stopped Grieving Pastor Commits Suicide While Mom and Son Watchcompleted. He said the church family kept trying to contact him but he refused communications. Wilson said he, along with his church, bombarded him with phone calls and texts but Montgomery didn’t want to be reached.

He went on to say if he had gotten one phone call about his serious state of depression he would have demanded to see him; but he was never informed. According to Wilson, Montgomery’s church family did all they could and were there for him; but he wouldn’t let them help.

Sandy Davis, a telecommunications supervisor at MetroSouth Medical Center where Jackie last worked, said this is just heartbreaking. She said the Ed she knows would never have left his family this way. Davis said he loved his family and she’s not sure what to make of all of this.

Davis said she was not a member of the church were the Montgomery and Jackie served but did visit with them on occasions when Jackie asked her. She said Montgomery was a very compassionate, caring and nice man; it just doesn’t seem real.

Davis said Montgomery and his wife had opened a business, Chateau Sylora Banquet Hall, together in May 2011. After his wife died, Montgomery seemed to have lost interest in the business.

Davis, a long time family friend, said the family is taking it really hard; especially coupled with the anniversary of Jackie’s death. It’s a lot to deal with and they need a lot of prayer, said Davis.

Pastor Ed Montgomery of the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Church allegedly fatally shot himself inside of his Matteson home on Saturday. He committed suicide right in front of his mother and son as police and paramedics waited outside.

Montgomery said he constantly heard footsteps and his deceased wife’s voice and could no longer live without her. Apostle Ron Wilson will eulogize the Illinois Pastor on Monday, December 9.

By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)

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9 Responses to Grieving Pastor Commits Suicide: Mom and Son Watch

  1. cynthiaposey@hotmail.com March 11, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I look in on some of the past TV ministers from time to time to see how their life and ministry is doing. I am sad to see what has happened to this man of God. I Believe his wife was saved as well as pastor Ed. I would like to say a lot of things, but at this point it would be pointless. Family keep your head up. This man and woman of God will not loose their reward.
    I’m not saying that Suicide is the answer. God said those whom he holds in his hands the devil in hell can’t pluck them out.
    Let us Pray one for another. We all are a part of the Body of Christ.

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  2. tom December 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    i agree wit LORD HAVE MERCY”— IN DEEP MOURNING THAT EXACTLY WAS HAPPENED — THE ENEMY POSSESED HIM AND LACK OF KNOWLEDGE CAUSE CHURCH TO LOSE ANOTHER LIFE AND DAMAGE OTHERS…. AND THINGS LIKE THIS IS WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO LOSE FAITH IN RELIGION….—THE BAPTIST AND METHODIST CHURCH DONT TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT HOW TO COMBAT DEMONS AND EVIL SPIRITS—- THIS IS WHY MANY PEOPLE CONSIDER IT TO BE A FALSE RELIGION– BECAUSE MANY WANT TO SAY THE INDIANS WERE GIVEN BLANKETS AND BLACKS WERE GIVEN METHODIST AND BAPTIST RELIGION—–IVE HEARD SEVERAL ELDERLY PEOPLE QUESTION THE AMERICAN CHURCH TEACHINGS

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  3. tom December 11, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    IN THE U.S.– THE MEHTODIST AND BAPTIST RELIGIONS — IS ONLY 200 YEARS OLD—–MANY PEOPLE CONSIDER IT TO BE A FALSE RELIGION—IM NOT SURE ABOUT THAT— I WILL SAY IT IS NOT PERFECT— AND LACKS ALOT OF INFO ABOUT HOW TO COMBAT EVIL AND IDENTIFY THE ENEMY–….. BUT GREW UP IN IN METHODIST AND BAPTIST ENVIRONMENT-MY STEPDAD WAS BISHOP-OVER SEVERAL CHURCHES—– I WAS SCHOLASTIC ALL-AMERICAN- I NEVER REALLY UNDERSTOOD IT——.– I FIND TOO MANY MINISTERS NEVER EVEN ATTEMPT TO STUDY HISTORY OR GO TO THEOLOGY SCHOOLS….

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  4. Stella Chipembele December 10, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    How do you “respect the privacy” of a seriously grieving member of your church? What sort of Christian community is this? Why do we as Christians behave like the rest of the world? Doesn’t the Bible admonish us to be separate, forget self and live for others? Writing texts and phoning a grieving person is just not enough in my opinion. A church of 2000 members with no one to offer to live and keep an eye on him? The poor man was too lonely and could not think about anything else apart from the only person who could have been there for him – his wife. But she was no longer there unfortunately!
    This should be a very big lesson to the body of Christ. Don’t behave like the rest of the world; you are different. Stop putting yourselves first and the others last! The word is sacrifice.. Everybody was too busy to have noticed that this poor man was sinking into serious depression – that includes you Mr overseer. Somebody should have prevented this tragic misfortune.
    Now I suggest that the church takes full and reasonable accountability and responsibility for the mother and the son who might just follow suit if nothing is done about it; and soon!

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  5. Lord Have Mercy December 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    The enemy took advantage of the opportunity in the Pastors weakness. It seems he couldn’t cope with the lost and the emotional pain. Mental health intervention seemed needed but you can’t force it on a person. May God help the children to effectively cope with the devastation and seek help

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  6. suicide cleaner December 9, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    something is very wrong here, ruining the kids life with this, I think she must of been planning to leave him.

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  7. thereal December 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I believe that it is the job of the overseer of his church to make sure all members especially those who have gone through a tragedy like this to make sure all members are accounted for and close contact is being made rather it be a meeting at the home or church he should have been closely monitored and I believe it should be no one’s job but the pastor

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  8. julie wilson December 8, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends.

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  9. Beverly Osborne December 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Sad story.just proves that pastors are just men who happen to be called….the struggles remain the same as any man. God please bless this family

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