CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The church community is rallying behind a young couple who lost their 2-year-old toddler and newborn in a wreck this week.
Gentry Eddings, a local pastor, and his wife Hadley, lost their children, Dobbs and Reed, when a truck driver plowed into the family’s car in Wilmington on Saturday. The driver has been charged.
“If your God is good, why do these things happen?” asked Pastor David Chadwick of Forest Hills Church on Sunday, according to WCNC.
Hadley was eight months pregnant and had an emergency cesarean section. After the delivery, baby Reed was taken to Chapel Hill but he did not survive his injuries.
Church representative Stacey Martin told WCNC the family is holding tight to their faith to get through this.
“They don’t understand why this is happening but I know they would want God to be glorified in all of this,” said Martin.
Speaking to the congregation Chadwick said, Gentry, who received minor injuries, is a family man, one of God. Chadwick says the hearts of the entire congregation are with the Eddings in these devastating days.
“He is biblically and theologically trained; I think somehow God had in his mind a call to be upon Gentry to be a pastor one day, for that is what he truly loves to do,” said Chadwick.
A GoFundMe page has raised more than $100,000 for the Eddings family.
Forest Hills Church has also created a Facebook page, where members of the congregation and the community can post messages of support and love.