New Destiny Christian Center pastor Paula White paid tribute via video to her predecessor, Reverend Zachary Tims, this past week.
Paula White was installed as senior pastor of the church in January, although some New Destiny members as well as Tims’ ex-wife, Riva Tims, who heads Majestic Life Ministries in Orlando, questioned White’s appointment. Riva Tims and other Christian ministers reportedly involved in the selection of Tims’ successor claimed that New Destiny administrators had carried out a deceptive process in choosing White to take Tims’ place.
The video released by New Destiny Christian Center features a clip of the charismatic Tims preaching about God “bringing forth a new generation of bold believers” and “radical people” from the Apopka, Florida church.
In light of Pastor Tims’ birthday, Riva Tims and the couple’s four children held a public memorial Wednesday evening at the Florida cemetery where he was buried.
Riva invited people to the ceremony through her Facebook page by saying: “We will be remembering Dr. Zachery Tims Jr. on his birthday with a special memorial gathering. It will be a very brief program (30 minutes) led by the Tims’ Children. You are welcome to join us.”
The battle for Reverend Tims’ toxicology report is still in the courts and is sealed.