A French evangelical Christian pastor and evangelist who was the vice president of the National Council of Evangelicals of France has died as a result of a climbing accident.
Eduoard Nelson, who was the pastor of Eglise Protestante Evangélique des Ternes (Evangelical Protestant Church of Ternes) in Paris, was vacationing with his family when he had a climbing accident and sustained a severe head injury, according to Premier News.
The accident occurred at the cliffs of Gaillands, located near Chamonix in southern France, French evangelical outlet Evangeliques reported. The pastor was flown by helicopter to Annecy hospital and placed in intensive care. Doctors said his head injury was inoperable and he only had a few hours to live.
The National Council of Evangelicals of France announced Friday that he had died.
Nelson is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
“We know that Edward is now with our God. His discernment, his love of the Gospel, his sympathy and his humor will be missed at the CNEF, as well as by all those who collaborated with him,” the council said in a statement.
The group’s former president, Lhermenault Etienne, wrote in a tribute on social media that he worked closely with Nelson for three years.
“The news of his death is a real shock. Evangelical Protestantism loses a man of conviction, vision and action. I lose one of those who gave me unwavering support,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter