Revs. Timothy and Betty WrightRev. Timothy Wright, of the hit song “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”, was in a fatal accident that took the lives of his beloved wife and grandson.

The crash occurred when a driver, John Pick, 44, of Lewisburg, Pa., went the wrong way on a Pennsylvania interstate and hit the Grammy-nominated Wright’s vehicle, instantly killing his wife and co-pastor Betty Wright. Pick was also killed at the scene. The Wright’s 14-year-old grandson, D.J. Wright, died Saturday at the hospital.

Members at the Grace Tabernacle Christian Center refused to be bowed by sorrow following the crash. Women dressed in Sunday white and men in dark suits pounded their feet and sang joyful gospel tunes, forgoing solemnity to praise God and share memories of the Wright family.

“We honor the Lord for his goodness and his kindness. We say, in spite of everything: God is still good,” the Rev. Frank Williams told the crowd.

Timothy Wright, the church’s 61-year-old founder, was in critical condition, but speakers at the services reassured congregants that he was conscious and led them in fervent prayers for his health.

“He shall live,” Williams said. “He has impacted too many people. He has paid some of our rents when he couldn’t even pay his own.”

Williams recalled Betty Wright’s sharp sense of humor and strength, calling the 58-year-old “the most powerful, phenomenal woman.”

“Their blood and sweat are in the walls,” he said of the Wrights and the Pentecostal church, located in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

After congregants held hands in prayer, leaders called all former members of the choir forward to join the current group of singers. Amid the pews, tearful churchgoers danced and clapped along with the songs.

Along with the N.Y. Fellowship Mass Choir, Timothy Wright was nominated for a Grammy award for best traditional soul gospel album for 1994’s “Come Thou Almighty King.” He has released more than a dozen gospel recordings.

The Wrights, who have five sons, were returning from a Church of God in Christ conference in Detroit when their vehicle was struck, said Leroy Johnson, a trustee at Grace Tabernacle. Their grandson D.J. Wright died the next night, according to a nursing supervisor at a hospital in Danville, Pa.

The crash is being investigated.

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  1. avatar David Mitchell says:

    I want Rev Timothy wright to know i’m praying for him i meet him in Houston Texas and i remmber when he song the song Lord you always suplie al my need that what god is going to do he going to supplie all your needs i want you to know that i’m praying for him and the family when he was up there in Houston Texas I ask him did he have family n Texas I’m kin to some Wright in Texas he said he didn’t know well anyway i’m praying for the Wright family member god will fixs what is broken i was once in a car wreck and broke my neck God will fixs what broken okay god bless you and love you if you need anything someone to talked to are anything holla okay 903-533-8726 my name is David Mitchell from Terrell Texas now living in Tyler Texas

  2. Hello everyone!

    I just wanted to share the address of where the donations can be sent:

    This is the link to the information about the medical fund that is now posted on Streaming Faith!

    Reverend Timothy Wright also has a MySpace page.

    I am not affiliated with the church at all, just passing on the info that I saw online!

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
    Minister L. Vazquez

  3. avatar Dexter Harper says:

    Timothy Wright Still in Critical Condition
    NEW YORK – Saturday , July 26, 2008

    A Grammy-nominated gospel singer from New York City remains in critical condition three weeks after a car crash that killed his wife and grandson.

    Family members say the Rev. Timothy Wright is conscious and alert but still on a respirator at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

    Relatives say they told the 61-year-old clergyman about his wife’s death on Monday. They hope to move him to a rehabilitation facility next week.

    Wright’s car was hit head-on July 4 by a vehicle going the wrong way on a Pennsylvania highway. The other driver was killed.

    The Wrights were returning from a Church of God in Christ conference in Detroit

    Wright was nominated for a Grammy award for best traditional soul gospel album for 1994’s “Come Thou Almighty King.”

    He released more than a dozen gospel recordings, including “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” which came out last year. He is the founder and pastor at Grace Tabernacle Christian Center in Brooklyn.