Texas pastor linked to Baton Rouge Christian community dies in West Baton Rouge crash
WEST BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Louisiana State Police identified the man who was killed in an accident in West Baton Rouge Parish Friday night.
Warren Beemer, 52, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, died in the accident.
Soldiers with LSP began investigating the fatal two-vehicle crash on I-10, west of LA Hwy. 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish just after 6 p.m. Friday, April 1.
State police said the accident happened while Beemer was traveling east on I-10 in a 2009 Mini Cooper.
As Beemer approached stopped traffic, he allegedly hit the back of an 18-wheeler. Although properly restrained, the man died at the scene.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was also properly restrained and suffered minor injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
“We may not understand it. But again, we need to know that whatever God does is right, and we need to trust Him for that,” said Pastor Gabriel Swaggart, associate pastor of the Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge.
People are heartbroken over the death of Beemer, who was a father of three.
“The person who was involved in the sinking was a very close friend of mine. In fact, he graduated from our high school Family Christian Academy, he was also my youth pastor when I was 12,” said Swaggart.
Beemer as a youth pastor at the Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge from the early 90s to 1995, before moving to Texas. Where he eventually became senior pastor of Healing Place Church San Antonio, along with his wife Faith.
We are told that Beemer served as youth pastor at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, from September 1996 to August 2008, under Pastor John Hagee. by Beemer The ministry in Cornerstone has grown from 80 to more than 1,000 young people, and thousands more have attended special events and outreach activities he has organized.
“That always meant something to me, it was his love for people. There was never a single person he came in contact with who had a negative thing to say about him. He was just a loving person,” Pastor Swaggart said.
Pastor Swaggart says Beemer was his mentor and says his legacy was “Love God”. Loved the people.’
“He left such an impact on a lot of people. Many young men and women are in the ministry because of him. Many men and women are saved and their lives have been changed because of him. And there, as devastating as it is, is the legacy anyone would want to leave,” he said.
Swaggart is praying for Beemer’s family and the church family, and he knows his friend is in a much better place.
“Everything God does is right. We may not understand it. But everything he does is right. And second, I know where he is. And that’s the most important thing,” Pastor Swaggart said.
Beemer was also a leader in the United Cajun Navy. The organization announced the devastating news of Beemer’s death via a post on its social media:
“A longtime staunch leader of UCN, Pastor Warren Beemer had a fatal car accident and was taken to walk with Jesus. His wisdom in every situation was always supported and encouraged by the Word of God. He poured out his heart. Whether it was his family, people in his church, people on the street, disaster victims, sinners or a stranger, his heart was for them.
Please don’t take any day for granted, don’t live with hatred against anyone because our friends and family are the reason we are here. Live your life filled with the love of God and cherish your time because none of us have long in this world. Maintain the bonds you build with each other and never stop growing in Christ.
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