Andrew Stoecklein, the pastor of Inland Hills Church in California committed suicide, after a battle with depression and anxiety.
the pastor was placed on life support Friday after self inflicted injuries, and passed away on Saturday night according to a statement from the church.
“IHC Family and friends, please pray for our lead pastor, Andrew Stoecklein. He tried to take his own life Friday morning, and is now in the hospital on life support.”
Then on Sunday evening, the church shared that Pastor Stoecklein had passed.
“Inland Hills Church grieves with heavy hearts as our Lead Pastor Andrew Stoecklein was welcomed into Heaven on Saturday night after battling depression and anxiety. It’s not the outcome we hoped and prayed for, and today we grieve as a church family.”
Andrew Stoecklein battled depression and anxiety after taking over the church from his late father, Dave Stoecklein who died from cancer.
A year after his father’s death, Andrew revealed how difficult it was trying to fill his father’s shoes
He leaves behind a wife, Kayla and three small sons.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255