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Killeen pastors mourned in Friday night prayer service

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Friday night, those who knew Grace Christian Center pastors Terry and Jan Whitley and associate pastor Steve Timmerman gathered at the Killeen church for a night of prayer and worship.

Hundreds of people in the Killeen area piled in the front doors to pray, sing and mourn the loss of their friends who were killed in a Pflugerville car accident.

FOX 7 spoke with some of the long-time church goers.

Shirley Stephenson has known the Whitleys since they were in a much smaller building in the '80s.

"We've been friends with them for, gosh at least 20 years. They're very dear to us, very dear to our family and we're gonna miss them. But we know they're in a better place," Stephenson said.

"We are feeling very distressed. We're in shock, we're in grief...we love them, we miss them. They're awesome people of God. Awesome man of God, awesome woman of God," Brenda Cuney said.

For a church who has now lost someone that usually helps them get through tough times...what's the next move for Grace Christian church? We asked long-time staffer Erik Reynolds.

"That's a hard one. Because you know we've always relied on pastor Terry and pastor Jan our senior pastors to handle that. They've always been able to lead us through that since the beginning of the church. Right now what we do is we pray, we mourn, we have the services and then we move forward from there," Reynolds said.

Church staffers tell us Sunday they will carry on with services as usual.

A longtime friend of pastor Terry will be flying in from California to deliver the message.

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