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Congregation prays for pastor questioned in wife’s death

Posted June 8, 2008
Updated June 9, 2008

— A Raleigh pastor was absent from services on Sunday after being questioned in the death of his estranged wife.

On Friday evening, Hoke County and Wake County sheriff’s deputies searched Pastor Sam Wynn’s home, at 4701 Holland Church Road in Raleigh. The home is owned by the Holland's United Methodist Church, where Wynn has been the pastor for three years.

“These people came on a very unusual Sunday,” Rev. Ned Hill said at the church Sunday.

Authorities said Rose Wynn, 53, was attacked Wednesday night at a home at 595 E. Lake Ridge Road in Raeford. The couple's 10-year-old son, Christopher, who had been staying at the home with her, found her unconscious Thursday morning.

Rose Wynn was transported to a hospital, where she was later taken off life support.

“Our pastor, our friend, has lost his wife and my role is to be his pastor and that is what I'm trying to be,” Hill said.

Hill, the superintendent for the Raleigh District of the United Methodist Church, said he had spoken to Wynn and read a statement Sunday to the congregation.

“All of us want to know what happened. We believe that knowing will be an important part of our moving forward through our grief,” Hill told the congregation.

Authorities said Wynn is cooperating with the investigation.

“This man who had cared for them and loved them and supported them in their times of loss is now on the other side of that. I think they wanted to come in many ways to express their love and care,” Hill said.

Funeral services for Rose Wynn will be held Tuesday at Holland's United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.


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  • dsmothers4 Jun 18, 2008

    We are members of HUMC and a saddened by the horrible murder of Rose. Our prayers are with her and her family. We are also praying that law enforcement wraps this investigation up and puts the murderer in jail.

    We received an email at 4:50 pm on Friday June 6th from the UMC leadership announcing that Rose had died from an accidental fall in the home. Ten minutes later, I get a phone call telling me to cut on the news....and the story was VERY different announcing her murder and that Sam is a "person of interest". Looks like the UMC leadership sent out this email to put a spin on the story. Poor decision...as was the decision to move forward with Sam's promotion to District Superintendent with this horrible tragedy and being a "person of interest" hanging over his head. Time will tell, but it doesn't look good for him.

  • ncsu_hydro Jun 10, 2008

    "But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you."

  • merrywidow Jun 9, 2008

    You da man, haggis basher!

  • haggis basher Jun 9, 2008

    "and many ministers are actually very good."
    I never said they weren't. I simply said they were delusional, and if they were not, under great stress. My CoS Minister when I was a child was a very good man. Luckily Faith is fairly optional in the CoS or CoE so its quite possible to be a good Minister without believing a word of it.

  • haggis basher Jun 9, 2008

    "We don't criticize your beliefs and would appreciate reciprocal respect."
    Why do you think "belief" is worthy of any more respect than anything else? If a Racist, a Fascist or a Communist posts nonsense , I should give them respect? If a supporter or apologist for the FLDS posts should I let them have a free ride? I think not. Respect has to be earned. Religion, on so many levels, fails to to earn it.

  • luvdogs Jun 9, 2008

    Haggis Basher, Some ministers are truely good people. As far as little actual work, they are on call most of the time. There is more than a weekly sermon to go w/ the job - meetings, weddings, funerals, counciling members of the congregation. I'm sorry that you feel that it is believing in fairies. Many people do take their faith very seriously, and many ministers are actually very good.

  • Adelinthe Jun 9, 2008

    "...but this is a first for me to see a non-white Pastor in a white church."

    In true Christianity, there are no black or white churches. Only churches where the children of the one true God come to worship and fellowship - which is as it should be.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Jun 9, 2008

    haggis basher - We don't criticize your beliefs and would appreciate reciprocal respect.

    Praying for this woman's son. Whatever the truth turns out to be, finding his mother gravely injured is awful.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • haggis basher Jun 9, 2008

    "It never ceases to amaze me how many believe only what they read"
    That is somewhat ironic coming from a follower of the "Book". Your entire faith is based wholly on a Book of considerably more questionable parentage than either WRAL or the N&O.

  • usharrisons Jun 9, 2008

    Based on the headline, it seems the victim was not being prayed for. I assure you that nothing could be farther from the truth. I attend St. Marks UMC; Sam Wynn was the pastor there before I joined. I do not know him or his family. However, I do know Ned Hill quite well and I would be shocked if he did not ask for prayers for Rose Wynn and Christopher Wynn. The pastor at St. Marks did just that yesterday morning. It was also stated that, "We just want to know the truth. Media speculation has already begun. It would be unwise to speculate and jump to conclusions. Justice will not be served by that."

    This headline bears that out; it doesn't tell the complete story of what was said inside Holland UMC, just an edited segment. It never ceases to amaze me how many believe only what they read and see through media sources as the complete story. Also, those of you who accuse Christians, and only Christians as being judgemental hypocrites need to take a look in the mirror.