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Millbrook church, police department mourn young pastor’s death

MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) – Never again will Grandview Pines Baptist Church hear another sermon by Pastor Jared Decker but the ones he delivered for 12 years, and his outlook on life, will last a lifetime for Art Faulkner.

“He knew his Bible front to back,” Faulkner said, “wise beyond his years and mature beyond his years.”

Decker died on Dec. 28. He contracted the flu and apparently suffered a fatal heart attack. He left behind a wife and six children.

“Brother Jared was a pastor 24/7,” Faulkner recalled.

Decker didn’t just pastor the flock at Grandview Pines, he ministered to the very people who protect the community. He was a two-year chaplain with the Millbrook Police Department. As one of five chaplains, the entire department could have used Decker’s comforting words just this week when a suspected thief died after being shot by police on Highway 14.

“He was a people person, very charismatic and very easy to talk to,” said Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson.

Decker would have turned 36-years-old on Jan. 13. ”He had a vision for the church,” said Faulkner.

Faulkner couldn’t help but think of the irony surrounding Decker’s death and the timing of it all. Just a few Sundays ago, the pastor outlined a theme for 2019 for the church; the challenge of having ‘unwavering faith.’ The pastor even made a poster to highlight it.

“It’s going to be hard in the days ahead for our church family,” Faulkner explained.

Parishioners at Grandview Pines Baptist Church believe nothing happens by chance, everything happens for a reason and there was a reason why Jared Decker died so young and so unexpectedly. They intend to hang on to the very faith he, himself, professed.

Funeral services were held Friday at Stanhope-Elmore High School.

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