Mourning the Death of Rev. Dr. Darryl Saffore

UPDATE As of 6/16/16 at bottom of announcement.

It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the death of Board Member, Alumn, and friend, Rev. Dr. Darryl Saffore. Darryl was the Executive Pastor of Lawndale Christian Community Church (LCCC) and a beloved friend, mentor, and support to countless people.  He had been having heart problems over thepast six months. Darryl passed away June 13th from an apparent heart attack.

In an email to faculty and staff President Shiell shared, “Darryl touched many lives as a Pastor, trustee, and friend to so many. His journey with Christ is a remarkable testimony of the power of the church, Coach’s mentorship and love, and the transformation of a life. Darryl was such an encouragement to me personally as your President, as I know he was for you.


Some of you know that Darryl was taking Hebrew again at Northern to prepare to apply for a Ph.D. program. He was a consummate life-long learner, worship leader, and encourager. As he told me, he loved to learn, study scripture, and teach others.”

Please join us in praying for his wife, Julie, the Saffore family, and the whole Lawndale community.

The funeral will be Saturday at 10:00am in the LCCC Gym (3860 W. Ogden Avenue, Chicago, Illinois).


UPDATE: A word from Coach Wayne Gordon:

Even though we believe Darryl is with our LORD Jesus Christ worshiping in deep adoration of his LORD we still miss Darryl. We have already had some powerful healing times of Lament here in Lawndale.  Tuesday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM between 400-500 people gathered to grieve, share Darryl stories and Lament his loss to us, his family and the Kingdom of God.  Please continue to lift of his wife Julie, his daughter Dominique, his sister Cheryl and his Mother along with the rest of Darryl’s close family and friends in prayer.
We will continue our grieving and healing through a Friday night visitation, a Saturday Home Going service and our Worship services on Sunday morning.
All of these services will be in our LCCC Gymnasium, 3860 W Ogden.  
    Friday 5:00-8:00 PM
        9:00 – 10:00 AM Wake
        10:00 AM service
    Worship services 8:30 & 11:00 
We have established a memorial education scholarship fund in Darryl’s name.  The Darryl Saffore Education Scholarship Fund. You will have an opportunity to contribute to the memorial fund at all of the events this weekend.  Checks can be made out to Lawndale Community Church and designated to the Darryl Saffore fund.  
Please continue to pray for all of us through this difficult time.
Yours for a better world through Christ,
Wayne “Coach” Gordon

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