David Treadway, pastor of the fast growing Sandy Ridge Baptist Church in Hickory, was found dead in his car Sunday morning by his wife as she was leaving to go to church.
Although Hickory police are investigating, a note Treadway left indicates he died by his own hand.
Several months ago Treadway, 42, pastor at Sandy Ridge since October 2004, told the congregation he was under doctor’s care for depression. An early statement Sunday from church leadership said their pastor had “succumbed to the disease of depression.”
Treadway was chairman of the Baptist State Convention Board of Directors Business Services Committee.
Catawba Valley Baptist Association Director of Missions Duane Kuykendall met Sunday night with church leadership. He said the 895-member church has undergone “significant growth” during Treadway’s tenure.
Treadway and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Lindsey, 19, and Landon, 16.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the church.
A post on the church web site Sunday night by a staff pastor, Rodney Poe, asked prayers for the church family.