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Gunman kills pastor of suburban St. Louis church

There are 4 comments on the story from Mar 8, 2009, titled Gunman kills pastor of suburban St. Louis church. In it, reports that:

A gunman walked down the aisle of a suburban St. Louis church during services this morning and shot the pastor to death with a handgun, authorities said.The assailant then stabbed himself and two others as ...

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Kathy Wrighter

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#1 Mar 8, 2009
I have family there: This is so sad to my family. ARE WE NOT SAFE IN OUR OWN CHURCH, MY GOD ! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE..

“EDITOR : Coffeyville Ks.”

Since: Dec 06

Coffeyville Ks.

#2 Mar 9, 2009
More Update :topwhop45 News.
MARYVILLE -- The Rev. Fred Winters knew how to preach, and he knew how to inspire. And, most of all, he knew how to connect with people of every kind -- rich or poor, young and old.
Friendly and popular, funny and down-to-earth, Winters warmly welcomed everyone who visited the First Baptist Church of Maryville, where he had served as senior pastor since 1987, according to church congregants interviewed Sunday.
Winters, 45, was fatally wounded by a gunman as he prepared to deliver his sermon at the 8:30 a.m. service. The sermon: "Come On, Get Happy," a church member said.
Nathan Brown, 26, said he joined the church in November after a period of restless "church-hopping."
During his first visit to First Baptist, Brown said he was impressed by Winters' friendliness toward strangers.
"I guess what really got me was how he came over and said hello," Brown said.
The next week, Brown returned to the church for another visit. Without prompting, Winters approached him after the church service.
"He walked up to me and said,'Hey, Nathan, how are you doing?'" Brown said. "Out of 1,200 people, he remembered my name. I've been coming back ever since."
Brown was among the scores of First Baptist congregants who stopped by the church's campus Sunday morning to pay their respects and reminisce about the man who had held such a central role in their lives.
The congregants spoke just hours after a gunman walked into the church a few minutes after the 8:30 a.m. service had started. Police said the 27-year-old man, identified today as Terry Sedlacek of Troy, walked through the main entrance and straight to the front of the church, where he confronted Winters.
The two men spoke, but it remains unclear what they said, according to Larry Trent, Illinois State Police director.

“EDITOR : Coffeyville Ks.”

Since: Dec 06

Coffeyville Ks.

#3 Mar 9, 2009
"Right now the only thing we know is that the subject said something to the pastor, and the pastor said something back to him," Trent said.
The gunman fired a .45-caliber handgun four times at close range, hitting Winters once in the chest, killing the pastor almost instantly.
The gunman is under police guard at a St. Louis hospital after suffering a wound to the neck from a knife he was brandishing. Two male members of the church also suffered stab wounds while subduing the gunman.
Winters is survived by his wife, Cindy, and two teenage daughters.
Phil Conrey lived several doors down from Winters and his family. He could not imagine who would be an enemy to Winters.
"He was a nice, personable guy," Conrey said. "This is really a shock."
Scott Schuett, who lived next door, called Winters "a fantastic neighbor. We love the family."
In 1987, when Winters was named First Baptist's senior pastor, its congregation numbered 32. Two decades later, it exceeded 1,000 people.
The Rev. Mark Jones, the church's assistant pastor and music and worship pastor, described Winters as "an amazing guy who had a, you can say, a difficult life growing up, who had challenges thrown his way."
Winters overcame those challenges "in amazing fashion." He would not elaborate.
"I think his life is a life that shows all things are possible when we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ," Jones said.
In 2007, Winters had served as president of the Illinois Baptist State Association.
He earned a master's degree in systematic theology and church history from Wheaton Graduate School in Wheaton, Ill.; a master of divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., and a doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
Despite his accomplishments, Winters was always approachable and friendly, according to members of his congregation.
His sermons were also a joy to listen to, filled with anecdotes from his own life about the importance of faith in God and in believing the message of the Bible, they said.
Winters delivered his last sermon on March 1. It centered on a favorite theme: The joy of giving.
"You know what, folks, the greatest blessing is in giving, not in receiving," Winters said, according to an audio recording posted on the church's Web site, .
Winters told the congregants about the joy he took in a private project he had launched: Covertly putting quarters into shopping carts at a nearby Aldi's supermarket. Aldi's patrons must put a quarter in the carts to free them for use.
Along with the quarter, he would place a card in the cart that said, "This is a gift from Jesus for you."
"And I've been enjoying doing that," Winters said.
But then one day a woman approached him on the Aldi's parking lot and offered to give him a cart for free, negating the need to put a quarter in it.
"I mean, I was mad," Winters said in mock rage. "I was like, lady, you're stealing my blessing.... There is no greater joy for us than to give to others."

“EDITOR : Coffeyville Ks.”

Since: Dec 06

Coffeyville Ks.

#4 Mar 12, 2009
MARYVILLE, Ill.- Funeral services for Rev. Fred Winters will be streamed live via the Internet this weekend.

The Pastor was shot to death Sunday at the First Baptist Church Maryville.

Prosecutors have charged Terry Sedlacek of Troy, Ill., with first degree murder and aggravated battery in connection with the shooting of Winters and the knife wounds suffered by two church members.

Friday's funeral will take place at 10:30 a.m. The webcast can be found at .

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