Megachurch Pastor Found Dead, with Drugs, in Times Square

Times Square has cleaned up a lot over the last 20 years or so! But there's still no better place on earth to die with drugs in your pocket. Especially if you're the pastor of a huge church in Florida.

Zachery Tims, Jr., the pastor of an 8,000-member megachurch in Orlando, Fla., was found lying dead in a room in the Times Square W Hotel on Monday morning. An envelope containing "a white powdery substance" was found in his pocket; and while the substance hasn't been identified, police believe that it's drugs, and not, say, confectioner's sugar. The cause of death hasn't been identified either.

If it is drugs—and if Tims was using them—it would mark a sad return to the addiction that Tims struggled with as a teenager in Baltimore, before being "miraculously saved" and, a few years later, turning to life as a pastor. His church, the New Destiny Christian Center, occupies a 21-acre space outside Orlando. Sometimes it gives away cars to its members, just like Jesus did in the Bible.

Police say that "criminality is not suspected," as Tims wasn't robbed and there were no signs of trauma to his body. He was supposed to have left the city last Thursday; his body was discovered on Friday afternoon by hotel workers.

(By the way: If you're thinking Wow, all this story needs is a stripper, guess what? Tims and his wife divorced in 2009 after he confessed to a one-year affair with a stripper. That's megachurch pastor bingo, right?)

[WSJ]