PRAY: City Church Pastor Killed in Crash, Leaves Behind Wife, 2 Children and Thriving Church


The pastor of one of Virginia's fastest-growing churches was killed Wednesday night in a car crash.

Please join us for praying for the family and congregation of beloved Pastor Dimitri R. Bradley, 51, of Virginia who died this week after he crashed his car on a local Interstate.

CBS 6 reports that “The trooper’s preliminary investigation reveals [that Bradley’s Escalade] was traveling west on I-195 when it ran off the left side of the road and struck the guardrail. The Cadillac then went over the guardrail, struck a pole and overturned in the median. [Bradley] was not wearing his seat belt. He died at the scene.” Additionally, police are reporting that “speed was being considered as a factor in the crash.”

Pastor Bradley and his wife Nicole, were founders of City Church, one of the fastest-growing churches in Virginia. The couple began their ministry from their living room with just 12 members and now weekly attendance averages 4,000.

Bradley’s church took to social media this week with an honoring tribute, “We lost our father, our brother, our friend and our pastor. The heart of City Church and the Bradley family is heavy and hurting right now, but through it all we trust God. We thank you for your prayers and concerns for us at this very difficult time. We ask that you give the Bradley family privacy and prayer, and we will have more information forthcoming. We love you all.”

Kenneth Morris, a City Church member, spoke of Bradley’s lasting legacy:

“I’m devastated by the loss of this great man. He’s absolutely my mentor and absolutely my pastor. He was constantly renovating and he was constantly making things better. He never believed church was normal. Church could be this wonderful special place where you come and change your life and you become the light in darkness.”