T.D. Jakes Delivers Eulogy For Pastor Zachary Tims

Posted on Aug 22 2011 - 10:26am by Tracy

The funeral services for Zachery Tims were attended by thousands of mourners who gathered at the First Baptist Church of Orlando, where Bishop T.D. Jakes preached the eulogy for the late pastor.

In his eulogy for Pastor Zachery Tims on Saturday, mega-church evangelist T.D. Jakes compared the preacher to the biblical Jacob, a man with many problems and defects who was renamed Israel.

The names represented two different sides of the same person, Jakes said, just as “Dr. Tims” was different from “Zach.”

Jakes, who pastors a 30,000-member congregation in Dallas, said he knew both Dr. Tims — the charismatic, compassionate spiritual leader who ministered to imperfect people — and Zach, who was an imperfect person himself.

“I thought I was the only one who know how unhappy Zach was, how broken he was, how afraid he was if anybody was to see any flaw in him. He tried hard to heal himself, to fix himself,” said Jakes, chief pastor of The Potter’s House.

About 5,000 people attended the three-and-a-half-hour funeral service at First Baptist of Orlando. It was a cross between a tribute and a tent revival, with songs, prayers, silence, stories and high-volume preaching. There was more rejoicing than weeping, more laughter than grief.

Evangelist Paula White said the smile was Tims’ defining feature.

“He smiled with his eyes. His eyes showed the depth of his soul,” said White, pastor of Without Walls International Church in Tampa.

A few weeks before his death, Tims spoke of dying in a sermon, White recalled: “He said, ‘If I die — and I don’t want to die — I want you to know I am saved and I’m going to heaven.”

Jakes said Tims’ life, and death, were a wake-up call for many young preachers who are in a hurry to get somewhere fast. The greater the light, Jakes said, the greater the heat.

“The light burns things you don’t want it to burn,” he said.

Two hours before the 11 a.m. funeral, the line of mourners snaked from the doors of the First Baptist and around the parking lot. Many of those in line were dressed in black: men in their suits, women in their finest dresses, and children dressed as if for church.

“He made a great impact on the lives of people,” said Dorothy Douglas, 58, who joined the church in 1999. “He didn’t wait for them to come to him. He went into the neighborhood to bring the church to them.”

Saturday, they returned the favor.

Thousands stood in the heat to pay their final respects to their spiritual leader.

Tims’ ex-wife, Riva Tims, who started New Destiny with him in 1996, commented on his short but productive life.

Following the funeral service, Zachery Tims Jr. was buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha.

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  • Rev. Henry Kidd

    Some of you Realy Need To Hear This Dont Hang your Hallow So Low it becomes a nose let me tell some of you self rithous pepale somthing If God Was To Bring your recrod ford.you would hang your head lower than your trying to put his love one Another.what some of you have said is not right rember we die and become new in him so your talking about God Not Zack.God bless you brother I will see you in heaven.

  • TBC

    Bishop TD Jakes said it all. That Dr. Tims Jr. was like Jacob. There was the Pastor and there was the man Zach. We are all fall short. And I know, Bishop is not concerend with how something looks. And in this instances Bishop is not supposed to. I am certainly glad you are not God.

  • myra s.

    The man might have had his issues, but name one person that don't and tell me how they doing it. Matthew 7:1 "Judge not that ye be not judged. For sure if you judging him your day is coming. Love will cover a multitude of sin. As far as the world is concern this is some good gossip for them to dog out the saints. We saints don't need to help them out, we suppose to be different. He preached the word of God and it helped me and many others, so think on that and stop trying to find all the negative things to talk about. As long as we are living the devil is going to bring temptations for us to fall, some we will pass and some we will fail, no body is perfect. When that which is perfect has come then that which is in part shall be done away with. Let's just all try to work out our own soul salvation and stop biting and devouring one another, he is without sin cast the first stone. I Love You All and so do God, let the man rest in peace and be thankful for the good things that he did.

  • Tracy Rodriguez

    Praise the Lord God, from whom all blessing flow. Come on people of God , or atleast children of the creator, did we really believe that Pastor Jakes is worring about what somebody thinks or feels. They do not have a heaven or a hell to put him in, Christ came that we would be free, and that means not letting man and tridition bond you up. I have listened to Pastor Tim and and my spirit bare witness with the word of God that he preached and that's whats important. Pastor was but a man and if God pulled the covers off of each and everyone of us who know what we'll see. We are not perfect although we strive to be, and will strive to be the rest of our lives . We die daily which means it is a process, don't think for a second that coming to God means that we got it all made. Rather we preach it teach it, or just be it ,it is a process. It is he that endores to the end that shall be saved, were going to have to walk this thing out, leaning learning and trusting on God to order or foot steps. I find that it's a shame because of judgement people like you MS Trendy, those who would like to come clean wont and stay hurting inside and never jget delivered, even while there ministring. Any time that God presents the oppertunity for a person to preach , is a honor it has nothing to do with the deceased but all to do with the soul siting there. My prayers go out to the Family and his ministry, nothing he did was in vain God word allways accomplishes what he set it out to do. God Bless

  • S Tanner

    P.S. Ms Trendy, I gather from your comment that you have had the opportunity to hear Bishop Jakes. Next time, listen real good to his message and begin to renew your mind through the Word of God. Bishop Jakes is about as "real" as it gets when it comes to rightly dividing the Word of God. You need the Word. God will create in you a clean heart!

  • S Tanner

    Ms Trendy, please don't pass judgement on others. God knows all and sees all.

    Jesus gave His life for Zachary Tims and he knew it. How about you? I pray that you get a real revelation? Jesus died for you too. He bore your mess on the cross therefore, repent, and let go of it. If you don't know how, just ask! He is waiting!

  • Jesus 1st

    MsTrendy I can't beleive you actually made a comment to that magnitude. Pastor Tim went to Pastor Jakes on several occassions for counseling. That's what's wrong with the folks looking from the outside not knowing that Pastor Jakes was his mentor. The next time you make comments please get a understanding first. I am glad Pastor Jakes preached it because he told the truth. Too many young pastors want fame and fortune but don't have enough spiritual substance to slow them down enought to use wisdom. I love Pastor Tim and I love Pastor Jakes two awesome men of God…..

  • k mcnair

    well when you have your own eulogy because i just couldn't believe your pastor would show up it won't look good smh!!!!!!

  • Mary Bowens

    He that is without sin cast the first stone.If you say you have no sin, you are decieved and a liar and truth is not in you.We all sin and fall short of his(GOD)glory.There was only one man that was without sin (JESUS),and he was accused,abused misused CRUCIFIED that we would all have a chance to repent.Dont let your sin find you out.All wrongdoing is sin and there is sin that does not lead to death and there is a sin that leads to death and is unforgiveable.Brothers and Sisters,if someone is caught in a sin you who are spiritual should restore him gently,but watch yourself or you will be tempted.I'm so glad that God is God and not just a man who is self righteous,because He would have one son (JESUS).If we can attend our families funeral who we know is not saved and say good things about them,what's wrong with Bishop Jakes preaching Dr.Tims eulogy? stop looking on the outside and look at heart oh i forgot only God can that,but we can pray love and forgive one another as God did for us.RIP IN PEACE PASTOR TIMS.

  • Mary Bowens

    He that is without sin cast the first stone.If you say you have no sin, you are decieved and a liar and truth is not in you.We all sin and fall short of his(GOD)glory.There was only one man that was without sin (JESUS),and he was accused,abused misused CRUCIFIED that we wouldall have achance to rep.Dont let your sin find you out.All wrongdoing is sin and there is sin that does not lead to death and there is a sin that leads to death and is unforgiveable.Brothers and Sisters,if someone is caught in a sin you who are spiritual should restore him gently,but watch yourself or you will be tempted.I'm so glad that God is God and not just a man who is self righteous,because He would have one son (JESUS).If we can attend our families funeral who we know is not saved and say good things about them,what's wrong with Bishop Jakes preaching Dr.Tims eulogy? stop looking on the outside and look at heart oh i forgot only God can that,but we can pray love and forgive one another as God did for us.RIP IN PEACE PASTOR TIMS.

  • Charolette Stevenson

    Do you really know who you are? We all have been through something, that we are not proud of, but the blood of Jesus has made us clean through our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ. Let not your heart be never let it be afraid. Peace I leave with you; do not let your heart betroubled, and do not let them be afraid:John 14;27 rest in peace my brother, Zachary Tims.

  • Dr. Tresia Henry

    Why wouldn't Bishop T.D Jakes have a part in his funeral. Is not T.D Jakes a man? himself? Really?? Enough! of pompous Christians caring a bout the way we look, if we have forgotten how we really look, let me remind us all, we are filthy, dirty, stinky, conniving, manipulating, heartless, selfish, greedy, mean spirited individuals. If you didn't find your self in there, then you are still a sinner without the mercies of God, and should you die, you will die in your mess, but if you are like me, in that category of all those character defects, then you are a sinner who was saved by the blood of Jesus!!! His blood washed us and made us clean…I am so glad that T.D Jakes did not allow his looks to deter him from doing what he was moved to do.

  • http://mstrendy.com MsTrendy

    I can't believe TD Jakes had any part of this man's funeral. Not a good look.

    • Rev.Henry kidd

      Have you Become His Judje?