Church leader dies in suicide at home
A second church leader has died at his home in Australia after a long battle with cancer.
The Rev Peter Gollery, 68, died of natural causes at his Brisbane home on Sunday evening, the First Baptist Church said.
“He was loved by his community and his family and the entire First Baptist community,” the church said in a statement.
“His death is a massive loss to us all.
He will be greatly missed.”
He was a member of the First Baptists in Brisbane, where he led a community of about 1,500 people.
“I am devastated by the loss of a man who had so much faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” the First Christian Church said in the statement.
The church said he had been battling a variety of illnesses for decades, but was an active church member.
“Peter Golleries life has been a constant source of strength and joy to us,” the statement said.
The community was shocked and saddened by the news.
“The First Baptist family expresses our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones at this very sad time,” the Church said, adding that Gollern was “an inspiration to many”.’
Truly a great man’Gollery was a long-time church member who worked for the church in its early years, serving as its chaplain.
He had previously served as the head of the church’s youth group and as its director of education.
“There is a sense of sadness that we feel,” First Baptist spokesman Mike Harris told reporters at the time.
“We have lost a wonderful man who was deeply committed to our community and was always a great servant to us.”
That is what he did, that’s what he always did.
“He is survived by his wife, the Rev Lisa Gollerton, and two children.