Mourning church prays for gospel singer pastor

Gospel singer injured, 3 killed in crash
July 6, 2008 9:30:20 PM PDT
The Brooklyn congregation led by gospel singer Timothy Wright is praying for his recovery after a head-on car crash. Church members at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center raised their voices in praise and remembrance Sunday following the crash, which killed Wright's co-pastor and wife, Betty Wright, and their 14-year-old grandson.

Forty-four-year-old Lewisburg, Pa., resident John Pick also died when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 and struck the Wrights' vehicle.

The 61-year-old Rev. Wright remains in critical condition following the crash late Friday in Pennsylvania.

Members of his congregation have gathered to lend each other support. In the midst of the tragedy, they say they're still praising God.

Timothy Wright is the pastor at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Brooklyn.

Wright has released more than a dozen gospel recordings, and his latest album, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus," came out last year.

The Wrights were returning from a Church of God in Christ conference in Detroit, said Leroy Johnson, a trustee at Grace Tabernacle.

New York music agent Will Bogle called the news "completely deflating."

"He's been a mentor to me in ways he probably doesn't even know," said Bogle, who represents gospel performer Ricky Dillard. "He's a giving man; I've not seen a person more tangible to his church, to his community, to his friends. Everyone I know is deeply touched and saddened."