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Pastor Killed In Hit-And-Run

A pastor and father of three was killed early Saturday morning in a ht-and-run on Carmichael Road.

The pastor has been identified as 48-year-old Reverend Dr. Kendall Stubbs from the Remnant Tabernacle of Praise Church on Carmichael Road.

When the Bahama Journal arrived on the scene, several members of the congregation had already gathered and were seen praying, crying and offering words of encouragement to one another.

Several pastors had gathered at the scene as well including Reverend Dr. Timothy Stewart, the senior pastor at Bethel Baptist Church on Meeting Street and Bishop Simeon Hall of New Covenant Baptist Church on the East West Highway.

Pastor Stewart offered encouraging words to the church members telling them that “God knows best” and encouraging them not to question “God’s actions.”

Officer-in-Charge of the Traffic Division, Superintendent Ken Strachan told reporters that the incident took place shortly after 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

“Police were called to a hit-and-run accident on Carmichael Road just west of Gladstone Road and when we arrived, we were advised that an adult male, who is a prominent community leader, was participating along with several members of his congregation, in a walk-a-thon when he was struck by a grey or white pickup truck and he was left lying on the side of the street,” he said.

“We understand that the pastor was heading east towards the church when the truck, travelling west, struck him then rolled over him. This brings the traffic fatality count to 31 for the year and the second such hit and run incident on Carmichael Road.”

Pastor Stewart, who mentored Reverend Stubbs in his early days as a pastor, said “it was a sad day” for him, the Remnant Tabernacle Congregation and the entire Baptist community.

“It is virtually impossible to calculate the effect that this would have because there is no limit to what God can do through one person,” he said.

“What all God could’ve done through him locally and internationally, it is difficult to calculate but notwithstanding that this is a loss to us of immeasurable proportion and we are still trying to grapple and wrap our minds around what has happened. At this point we are simply confident in the fact that God was not caught off guard so once God is aware and knowledgeable we know that whatever preparations needed to be made for Stubbs, God made them.”

He said Stubbs was an extraordinary person in every sense of the word.

“He had an extraordinary disposition,” Rev. Stewart said.

“He was incredibly disciplined; he had an extraordinary training and was one of the most prepared ministers we had of any denomination in the country. God did something through him that He never did through any other pastor in the country and that’s just a slight peep into the person he was.”

Remnant Tabernacle of Praise church member, Olivia Neely shared similar sentiments.

“He was a beautiful man and I love him,” she told The Journal.

“He was a child of God and I know he got into an accident [Saturday] morning but he was ready. We will miss him. I was on the walk-a-thon and he opened us up with prayer and he told us to be careful. He was a good man and it’s as simple as that.”

Associate Minister Edmund Stubbs described his friend as a “scholar.”

“Kendal Stubbs was a very pious gentleman,” he said.

“He was a man of principles, discipline and was deeply rooted in the Word of God. He was one of the best we had. He came to our church, which he founded and has led his flock admirably. We are going to miss him.”

Police are appealing to anyone, including the driver of the vehicle, to contact them at 919 or Traffic Division at 393-7071.

Sasha Lightbourne

Written by Sasha Lightbourne

Journal Staff Writer

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