Ryan Carlisle, a beloved Texas youth pastor and father of two died suddenly last Thursday after suffering a heart attack while working out at a local gym. He was 38.
Carlisle, who also worked for the Longview ISD, served as the youth pastor at Longview Missionary Baptist Church, which announced his sudden passing via the church’s Facebook page last Thursday evening.
“With an extremely heavy heart and no words to express our grief, Ryan Carlisle, our Youth Pastor, passed away this afternoon while working out at the gym. There will be a prayer service this evening at 7 pm at the church. We encourage all our youth, their parents and our church family to attend. Please pray for Bridgit, Ava and Max and the entire Carlisle Family,” the church’s administrative secretary, Jalena Branch wrote.
The Longview News-Journal said Carlisle went into cardiac arrest while working out at the Christus Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living. He was rushed by ambulance to the Longview Regional Medical Center.
Rev. Nathan Rogers, lead pastor at Longview Missionary Baptist Church, told the News-Journal on Friday that Carlisle was an exemplary man.
“He was the kind of man all men should watch and learn from the example he set,” Rogers said.
“We could talk all-day about how great of a youth minister Ryan is and how much those kids mean to him, but he made masculinity come off as gentle and tender and that’s the biggest thing about his character that shined through especially with the younger men. They need that type of influence and he was that for them,” Rogers further explained to KETK.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair