Latest update on the Wilkerson Family

The following is a compilation of the news from the comment section on the earlier post about the home going of Tyler Wilkerson. I know that many of you might not be that adept at using the blog and the comments so I decided to put it out here where you could all see it.

Pastor John Wilkerson and his wife, Linda have 7 children. Sunday Pastor Wilkerson preached that God Makes no Mistakes. That message should tell us something about his depth and walk with God in times like these.

I asked in the comment section for an update on the funeral arrangements and this is what I got

The viewing is Friday the 22nd @ 5:00 p.m. and the funeral is Saturday the 23rd @ 10:00 a.m. Location at FBCLB (1000 Pine Ave. Long Beach,Ca.). Please set time aside Wed. after your lunch for 24 hours if you are able,for fasting and prayer for this family and that this great loss will not be in vain.

They are asking us to pray and fast for 24 hours asking God to bless this family. If you are willing to join me and others from their church in this please let us know in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for your prayers for this family!

23 thoughts on “Latest update on the Wilkerson Family”

  1. I am a member of FBC of Long Beach and I will be praying for my Pastor and his family. Please join us in prayer.

  2. Long Beach teen killed in Highway 152 accident
    3:00 PM
    By Dispatch Staff

    taken from

    A Long Beach teen was killed when the Jeep he was riding in crashed into a vehicle trying to merge onto Highway 152 near Dunne Street in south Santa Clara County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
    The accident occurred about 11 p.m. Friday when Erika Neves, a 28-year-old San Jose resident merged onto westbound Highway 152 from the shoulder where she had parked, police said. The unnamed juvenile driver of a 2008 Jeep Wrangler attempted to avoid the 2005 Mazda sedan, but struck the read of the Mazda. The Mazda spun 360 degrees and came to rest on the right shoulder. The Jeep continued across the north shoulder and up an embankment before rolling over, landing on all four wheels. The right front passenger, Tyler Wilkerson, 17, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.

    Long Beach resident Manuel Madula, the driver’s 60-year-old father, suffered minor head and chest injuries and was taken by ambulance to Saint Louise Regional Hospital.

    The driver, a 17-year-old Long Beach resident was not injured.

    Neves suffered minor lacerations to her face and arm. She was taken by ambulance to Saint Louise Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.

    Everyone was wearing seat belts.

    Any possibility of charges are pending further investigation, officer Chris Armstrong said.

    Dispatch Staff
    Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020, or e-mail

  3. the following comes from

    A Dear One Goes Home
    I received this article from a friend. Neither of us know who wrote it, nor could we ask permission to post it. After I dried my tears…or at least most of them, I thought it was to important to simply keep in my inbox. And for those at CBC who are praying for this family and remember their dear family singing in our church this past Feb. I knew you would find it dear to your heart as well.

    Dear Friends,
    Last night my Pastors firstborn son Tyler died in a car accident. Tyler was a godly 17 year old boy who played on the basketball team at the school affiliated with the church. Tyler just came back from church camp and said that God had encouraged his heart to make a commitment to reserve his body for the Lord. After Tyler was born my pastor and his wife had 7 miscarriages before any of their other 7 children were born. Tyler was a fine young man who honored his father and mother and loved the Lord. Tyler was very excited that God had used his evangelism to lead people to Christ. He wanted to go to Bible college and become a school teacher.

    Today my pastor John Wilkerson, came to victory club, where we meet to go out soul winning, and with a smile on his face asked for them to play the song day by day. He then proceeded to thank God for his son, that he loved God, honored his parents and that he had been blessed with him for 17 years. He thanked God that he repented of his sins when he was 10 years old, and that he was born again and had assurance of eternal life through the word and promises of God. He thanked God that Tyler had such a good summer working at camp and growing in Christ. He assured us all that Tyler died at the right time, that it was not to soon but it was God’s perfect time. He said that he and his family would only visit one person today, a fellow who was terminally ill to comfort him. He said he and his wife needed to spend more time with the other children. But he said that he did not want any of us to slow down our service to Christ, he wanted us to increase it. He asked only that people might be willing to help house relative who would come for the funeral. He was not aware that the men in the church already decided to pay for hotel rooms for his family. At this point he wept, and thanked God again

    I have learned alot from my pastor probably the thing that I have learned the most is to be thankful for what God gives us. Pastor is always thinking of things that he is thankful for and always desiring to give thanksgiving offerings to God. The church secretary told me that the family decided wear sweaters and sleep with bigger blankets so they could save money on the heating bill to give more money to missions as a way of saying thank you to God. I found out that he had worn a pair of shoes out to the point of having holes in the bottoms of them because he wanted to give more to God. His never talks as if he is making a sacrifice he is a cheerful person and a cheerful giver. Today he cheerfully gave his son back to God. I have met people who make sacrifices but fail to do it cheerfully or joyfully. I have met people who go through trials with strength knowing it is a part of life and God has the right to do as he sees fit, but I have met very few people who manage to do all this cheerfully with genuine thankfulness. Pastor John is not like that he gives to the Lord out of gratitude and cheerfully.

    Those of you who know Jesus, please remember Pastor John Wilkerson of First Baptist Church of Long Beach and his family in prayer, but the truth is I think most of us need more prayer than they do. I know I should be more thankful for what God has given me. I should be a cheerful giver, who is always seeing the many reasons to be thankful and looking for more ways to give. He would regularly give offering to missions just to say thank you to God. He pointed out to me that in the OT when people worshipped they brought a sacrifice, including a thanksgiving offering. His view was that if he put his treasures in heaven they would be safe there, and more importantly his heart would be there. I pray that I could cheerfully accept the trials in my life that Pastor John and his family does, that I could be thankful always. In my trials sometimes I have complained I have felt sorry for myself, and I have focused on what I don’t have rather than what I God has given me. Many times I have not trusted God, I thak God for my pastor being a good example.

    God Bless you,

    Love Walter

      1. I personally know John Wilkerson and his family. I have the highest respect possible for him. He is a man of great character, humility, who adores his wife and children.

  4. With great pleasure I will be fasting for this precious family on Wed. I’m so thankful for such a wonderful family with such an incredible testimony. May God bless them and strengthen them during this special time.

  5. For those of you who are praying and fasting For Pastor Wilkerson and his family, we thank you. Our church has united around Pastor Wilkerson and his family and we love them very much. We loved Tyler very much and he will be missed dearly. If you are interested there is an lovely obituary for Tyler Wilkerson on our church website. This is the link


  6. Dear Family in Christ, thank you so much for your prayers for our Pastor and his family in this time of deep trial. I am a member of FBCLB, and I am so grateful and honored to see christians all around ,show their love and compassion for our Pastor, it really touches my spirit. I know that my Pastor and his family are very touched. Thank you so much..

  7. Your pastor is one of the kindest men of God that I have ever known. He has a wonderful testimony. I have loved reading the things that people have said. When he visited us in Peru he made a lasting impact there. God bless you. My wife and I will be fasting with your church today

  8. Bernard Hampton

    The Lord used the Wilkersons in a mighty way to minister to my family very early in my marriage. We are praying for them fervently.

    I know Pastor Wilkerson well enough to know that he understands – probably better than anyone I know – that God and His grace are sufficient even for something like this.

    I am grateful to God that – for 17+ years – Tyler was a living testimony to how good God is. He gave glory to God with his life, and he gave everyone who knew him a good opinion of Jesus Christ – not only with the way he honored and obeyed his parents and elders, but with the obvious love for the Lord he showed at even a young age. I have no doubt that his testimony will continue to influence others for many years to come, and, as I’ve been praying, I can’t help but think of him in Heaven now, rejoicing with his brothers and sisters there.

    God blessed all the people who knew Tyler so so much. Possibly some people will be asking “How?” “’How’ could God…?” “‘How’ will they cope…?” But I know that the Wilkerson family will glorify God in such a way that people will gently be turned away from the “How,” and focus instead on the “Who.” They will focus on Who created Tyler. Who blessed his days. Who received the glory from his life. And Who called him home to Heaven at the appointed time.

    “Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” I Thessalonians 5:10-11


  10. Greetings in Jesus Christ name to all christians. My name is Helen B., I’m a member of First Baptist Church in Long Beach, California. I want to thank all of you who prayed, supported, gave and loved my Pastor John and Linda Wilkerson and children. I appreciated your generosity, that you opened your heart and your willing to give no matter what. I’m so glad that I’m part of this church and specially to have a Pastor and his wife as my very very dearest friends, they like my own brother and sister from a different mother, I always told sister Linda. Please continue to pray for the Wilkerson’s and Francis family because after the funeral will be the toughest time. I lost my husband 5 years ago and until now still hard for me to think that my beloved husband David Bushrod was gone. I always think he will walk knock at my door and tell me I’m back sweetheart, but I know it will not happen. But God who is greater than any one comfort me that I will see my husband again in Heaven. Thank God for HEAVEN. Please don’t stop giving and loving each other, as a Christian we SUPPOSE TO LOVE EACH OTHER. God said they know you are my disciple if you have love one another, that is what missing in most churches, they forget to love one another, unconditionally. We are here to show the world God’s love flow thru us not only by words but by ACTION. So please love one another, KEEP A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, its help to get rid of wrinkle, LOL and you SMILE helps other people too. I LOVE YOU PASTOR WILKERSON AND SISTER LINDA WILKERSON AND CHILDREN. I’m here for you and as long as God give me the strength I will do everything in my power to help you and be there for you no matter what. I got your back. I’m a widow with four children, but this will not stop me to help my Pastor or anybody as long as my GOD provide all my needs so I can help other people specially my church family. Anybody can do something as long as they are willing to help. Money is not the problem, but a willing heart from christian to get up their comfort zone and do something for God and others. JOY – Jesus , Others and You remember that please. I love you all and may God’s Love show in your countenance everyday. Let us join the Christian circle and unite for the glory of God. Tyler Wilkerson, I’ll miss you brother, Please say Hi to my husband David Bushrod,and friends Delfina Puckett, Margaret Miller, and Bro. Rivera. Most of all say hi to my God and Saviour Jesus Christ for me. PRAISE THE LORD , GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.
    Thank you again and may God bless all the readers of this site. Thank you also Pastor for your site that we are able to express our grieve and feelings. I love you all and remember, KEEP A SMILE ON YOUR FACE, BYE BYE..

  11. thank you so much for all that have read and commented here. God bless the Wilkerson family greatly–this is our prayer.

    Tonight I will be giving my flower money to missions through our church and have a note sent from the church to the Wilkerson family to let them know of our love once again.

    God bless you all very much

  12. I’m a member of First Baptist Church of Long Beach and also proud to have Pastor Wilkerson and Linda as our pastor and wife. There family is very precious to our family and our children have grown up with their kids. We thank everyone, friends, family, missionaries and Pastor for all the prayer and generosity and support towards our Pastor and church family. Tyler will be well missed around the church carrying his little brothers on his shoulder, singing in the choir, being their for soulwinning or just to be a helping hand. He was a servant for God. An example to all that God wants us to serve him and Love him as we love our own family and friends.

    I also ask besides praying for our Pastor and church family please pray for the other church family members that was travling with Tyler. Please pray for the Madula family that had to experience the tragic accident. Please pray for Bro. Manny Madula health and the comfort for this family. They treated Tyler as if he was one of their own children. Pray that the Lord will comfort during this time of loss.

    We love you both! Pastor and Mrs. Wilkerson Family and Bro. Manny and Tess Madula and Family we pray for the comfort, strength and your feelings during this time. Our God has a might plan for both of you and our church family but in his time we will know. We will be praying for both families as well as our church.

    Love and God Bless
    Gordon and Susan Miller

  13. Maureen Ramirez

    I want to Thank you all for all the support and prayers for the Wlikerson family and our Church. I know though this difficult time we need to just keep our eyes looking up to the Lord. Tyler was special young man who loved the Lord and his family. He was an great encouragement to my son at Junior Camp this year. Also continue praying for Michael Madula and the Madula family.

    God Bless

  14. My heart shares your grief. We had a son to die in an accident a year ago. We can’t questian God and we will see them again. Praise His Name!

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