LIke so many others, I was shocked to hear the news of the tragic passing of a local pastor, Ed Dufresne, of the World Harvest Church in Murrieta, who died yesterday, along with his pilot, in a plane crash near Wichita Kansas.
According to the local newspaper, the Wichita Eagle, his business jet exploded and crashed in a field, with no survivors.
Please click on the following link to the Wichita Eagle for more information:
In 1978, while fulfilling a life pathway of my own, after the sudden and untimely death of my father, Roy Rasmussen in 1957, (after having just moved from pastoring a small church in Wichita, KS to start a up church in Long Beach CA). After I became an adult, I moved my then-young family to the central California town of Visalia, for the purpose of starting a new pioneer church, renting the facilities of the Visalia Women’s Club to do so.
At the same time, another church was also developing in a nearby facility, known as the Praise The Lord Club, by Ed Dufresne. At the same time, several elderly members of my family, who had also recently moved to Visalia to retire, visited Dufresne’s church and were impressed by his energy and zeal in promoting his new church.
One of the things that impressed my uncle was Dufresne’s request for financial support from his members for the purchase of what was probably his first small, propeller-driven private airplane, which would enable Dufresne to expand his ministry.
Years later, in 1994, after moving to Wildomar, our paths crossed once again when I discovered that Dufresne was the pastor of the local World Harvest Church, located on Palomar Road on the border of Murrieta/Wildomar. (It’s actually located in Wildomar.)
It is always a profound tragedy for “families” when confronted by the untimely death of husbands, fathers and their pastor.
Our condolences go out to each of the families, for their loss.
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