Three pastors from Grace Christian Center in Killeen, Texas, were killed in a rollover car accident Thursday night, Pflugerville police reported.
According to Kxan, the victims were identified as the Terry Whitley, Senior Pastor; his wife Jan Whitley, Associate Pastor, and Steve Timmerman, Associate Pastor.
"It is with the deepest sorrow that we have to announce the passing of Pastors Terry, Jan and Pastor Steve," the church said in a statement on its website.
According to the statement, the ministers were on the way back from the airport. The church asked for prayers.
“We ask that you keep both families in prayer during this difficult time."
Two of the ministers died at the scene, while the other was pronounced dead after arriving in the hospital.
According to a witness of the accident, the tire of the car blew while going north and rolled several times before coming to a stop in the southbound lanes.
The church with 2,000 members will open this Friday evening for a time of prayer, but other groups and events are cancelled.
Grace Christian church is planning a memorial at 7 p.m. Friday.