Ministry Tragedy

Pastor Shannon Wheaton, his wife Trena and their youngest son, Benjamin, were among seven people who died Friday in a head-on collision on Highway 63 in Alberta.

The couple’s oldest son, three-year-old Timothy, survived only minor injuries.

Sunday’s service was anything but ordinary at Wheaton’s church, the Family Christian Centre in Fort McMurray.

Some members of the congregation were in tears as they left the church. One member told reporters that they were trying their best to explain the tragedy to the children, but that it was difficult for the youngest ones to comprehend the tragedy.

Services were also held Sunday at church in Newfoundland, where Wheaton was originally from.

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