Published On: Sun, Feb 10th, 2013

Pastor Riva Tims talks about the death of Zachery Tims, substance abuse and affairs

Pastor Riva Tims, ex-wife of late televangelist and personality Pastor Zachery Tims, is opening up regarding his death. Speaking out in a report in the latest issue of Ebony, released Thursday, Tims says the late leader struggled with substance abuse and what she now believes was a “lifestyle.”

Ebony magazine March 2013 Kerry Washington cover“I thought that was stuff in the past. I didn’t realize it was still current. I found out for sure about the affairs and substance abuse at the same time. When he started telling me stuff, I began to dig and other things came out,” Tims tells Ebony in an excerpt, admitting to affairs that he had with other women.

“I had no idea it was so much. I’ll put it this way: It’s one thing to have a struggle; it’s another thing to have a lifestyle. When it’s a struggle, there’s grace. But when it’s a lifestyle, there’s no grace.”

As widely reported, Pastor Tims was found dead in a Times Square hotel room in August of 2011. He had been the leader of the Orlando area mega church New Destiny Christian Center.

He was also recognized for his work, hosting and appearing on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) programming.

“In “What Really Happened to Pastor Zachery Tims,” Ebony investigates how the once reigning pastor of a Florida mega church died mysteriously in a New York hotel room. Ebony spoke with his ex-wife and friends who speculate that his secret scandals could have led to his demise. With Tims’ mother demanding that the medical examiner not release the autopsy report, the mystery may never be solved,” reports Ebony.

In another excerpt from her interview, Pastor Riva Tims admits that she might have been an enabler while they were married.

“Looking back, he probably felt like he could just do anything. I was an enabler in a sense,” Tims tells Ebony.

The March 2013 issue of Ebony magazine, also featuring actress Kerry Washington, is available now.

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  1. Sally says:

    I m so sorry to hear about zac death 5 mins ago, al i no gods in charge we all live in flesh i would appreciate if ppl stop talkin about pastors satan is more after them so lets pray for them

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