On January 25, 2015, congregants at Why Not Wesleyan Church in Seagrove, N.C., saw firsthand what loves looks like.

The week prior, the church lost its pastor, Rev. Darrell Scruggs, when he was killed by a drunk driver on a Florida interstate. His wife, Naomi, suffered injuries and has been released from the hospital. Scruggs also served as the district administrator of the North Carolina East District and has served The Wesleyan Church as an ordained ministry for 45 years.

This past Sunday, about 40 people from Why Not Wesleyan Church gathered for worship and to mourn together their loss of Rev. Scruggs. As they were sharing their words of appreciation and sorrow with District Superintendent Dan LeRoy, the sanctuary entry doors opened. Members of two area congregations poured in: Seagrove Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, led by Revs. Andrew and Kara Hurlburt, and Seagrove Trinity Wesleyan Church, led by Rev. Josh LeRoy.

More than 200 people crowded into the small church sanctuary, showing love to grieving hearts.

“This is what love looks like,” said Rev. LeRoy. “He was one of the best-hearted people I have ever known. I feel like I have lost my brother.”

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