The hearts of the people of Calvary Baptist Church are crying to our Father to give grace and peace to the families of Chad and Courtney Phelps as well as all who are impacted by the tragic church bus accident in Indianapolis. Colonial Hills Baptist Church and our church are connected through many dear people. Courtney is the precious daughter of a Calvary family and Chad is the son of Colonial’s pastor. It was my privilege to help Chad’s father perform their wedding.
Chad and Courtney, along with another passenger, died this afternoon when the bus turned over while exiting the highway. Returning from a week at camp, the teens and adult sponsors were within a few minutes of arriving at the church where parents were waiting. I can hardly imagine a more heart-wrenching scenario for all involved.
Once again we are touched by tragedy. Again our breath is nearly taken away with shock and grief. And once more we fall to our knees and cry for comfort, strength, and hope for these people we love so much and hurt with so deeply.