Grace Christian Center will hold services tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. in memorial of three church pastors who died in a rollover accident Thursday night near Austin.

Pflugerville police said Friday that Terry Whitley, Jan Whitley and Steve Timmerman died in a vehicle accident that took place around 7:20 p.m. on State Highway 130, near Highway 45.

Timmerman was chaplain for Killeen Fire Department.

Pflugerville Police Department Assistant Chief Jim McLean said police were still investigating the course of the crash, but said they believe the van the three victims were riding in "left the road" and rolled over into the southbound lanes.

"One of the passengers died at the scene of the crash," McLean said. "Two others were transported to St. David's (Round Rock Medical Center), where they later died."

All three victims were pastors at Grace Christian Center in Killeen. The three were on their way back from the airport when the accident occurred, according to the Grace Christian Center website. The Whitleys, who founded the church in 1980, had been returning from a leadership conference on Europe where they were teaching new pastors.

"It's tough, it's really tough on everybody, but there is also a sense of hope," said Pastor Eric Reynolds.

Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin ordered all city flags to fly at half-staff.

“The City of Killeen is greatly saddened by the loss of Chaplain Timmerman, who was a valuable member of our fire department for more than a decade,” Corbin said.

“On behalf of the City of Killeen, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and congregation of Pastor Timmerman and Pastors Terry and Jan Whitley,” the mayor said.

City flags will remain at half-staff until sunrise on the day following the funeral.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

(4) comments

mysticrose725
mysticrose725

My heart is broken for these families. My family hasn't been able to make it to services lately due to my husband working nights and it hurts to know that I have missed so much goings on. The thought of these 3 amazing, caring people being gone is more than sad. It's devastating. The Grace family helped me find my faith again and I can't even begin to describe the feeling of sadness I feel knowing I'll never hear Pastor Terry speak to what felt as if was directly to me during his sermons. I always felt at home there. It's time my family came home. We will miss you all so dearly. I pray for my church family and for those touched by these amazing hearts.

Yulonda
Yulonda

My heart is broken to read that three of the Pastors from my home church Grace Christian Center, were killed in an automobile accident last night. Pastor Terry Whitley, it was your sermons that brought me back to Christ. I was always amazed that you remembered my name among the thousands of members of your church. Pastor Jan Whitley, your smile could brighten any room. I loved you, your caring spirit and heart for women's ministry helped my heart to heal and forgive after divorce. Ladies teas, mother-daughter banquet, and the annual women's retreat are special memories. Pastor Steve Timmerman, you baptized my both my sons, and your smile and genuine warmth made everyone you met know that Christ was truly on your inside. My heart breaks with my brothers and sisters in Christ, the GCC family, the Whitley family, and the Timmerman family. I take comfort in knowing you they are with Jesus.

Sandy
Sandy

I did not attend this church but my heart goes out to the families and friends. May the 3 pastors rest in peace. And the families are in my prayers and thoughts. There really not to much you can say because this is really sad my heart goes out to all who also attended the church. God is watching over all on this sad day.

Eliza

God Bless them and May they all 3 Rest In Peace.

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