Friends and family of youth minister Brian Jennings, who was killed in an accident Saturday night, poured into a full auditorium for his memorial service Wednesday to celebrate his life and his love for God.
Popular youth pastor Brian "BJ" Jennings was remembered by family and friends Wednesday. He was killed Saturday in a traffic accident after stopping to help a stranded motorist. (Burleson Star/JULISSA TREVIÑO)
"He was loyal, he was always there for me," said a friend, who spoke during the service. "Brian and I found each other in high school, when we both started to go to church at Crestmont."
A number of friends who grew up with Jennings told jokes and stories recalling this charismatic personality.
"Brian was older than me and ran around with my brother, so early on I didn't like him," Terry McConnell laughed.
Burleson community members have been touched by Jennings' death, and they've gone to social media sites to pray for his family after reading news of the tragedy.
Jennings, 41, was killed Saturday night on Burleson Retta Road in a multi-vehicle and pedestrian accident.
Family and friends took turns remembering Jennings, all of them with reference to his devotion to Christianity.
"Brian would want [his service] to be about Jesus," Sharman said.
"I know you have a very enormous void right now and I do, too," a friend told the Jennings family.
Jennings, known as BJ by friends and family, had worked as Alsbury Baptist Church's teens' pastor since November 2006, according to the church website. He and his wife, who had been married since 1993, have three children. The website described Jennings as a fun-loving, serious Mavericks fan. His friends remember him as loving to dance.
Jennings' daughter Abby told the audience, "My dad always told me to never be bitter. He always told me I had a caring and beautiful heart.
"I wasn't ready for him to leave me, but like someone said, the moment he passed became Hammer Time in heaven."
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SOURCE: Burleson Star