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.