Quite a few people are searching for the for Pastor Zachery Tims’ Facebook page, at least enough to have “Zachery Tims Facebook” appear as a Google-suggested search term when one begins typing that phrase.
But the Facebook page that just two days ago showed a plethora of self portraits of Pastor Tims in a variety of exotic and local locales — when I wrote the “Zachery Tims death: Roland Martin tweets about cause of death” piece — has now disappeared from the Internet.
Looking back at my own account of the impression I took from viewing the 100 or so photographs visible to the public once at the http://www.facebook.com/ztims URL, I can understand why some close to Zachery Tims may have decided to pull the Facebook page:
The well-updated photo gallery shows an ironic album titled “New York,” as well as photos in Arizona, Cancun, Brazil, Argentina and other exotic locales, as well as those of the pastor preaching from the New Destiny Christian Center stage.
There are photos of Tims as a boy with his dad, as well as those with famous folk like Kerry Washington, Israel Houghton and others.
Many of the comments liken the pastor to Will Smith in appearance, while one asks, “Could you post a family photo?”
The photos themselves speak of a man with personality and a youthful, energetic drive.
Indeed, the pictures were beautiful, and made it scarily and oddly refreshing to see a pastor so unguarded, but at the same time hindsight knee-jerk reactions of Christians like me thought him perhaps opening himself up to the danger of being so vulnerable to the opinions that could be formed therein.
An awful lot of self-portraits bespoke of vanity, perhaps, while the variety of locales displayed a wanderlust personality that no doubt drew many to him – celebrities and lay folk alike — with such a charming country drawl and a fervently honest salvation story.
So while the New Destiny Christian Center’s Facebook page is still active, as well as the YouTube channel of Zachery Tims, along with his Twitter page — Tims’ personal Facebook page is gone.
Facebook pages are often deleted after a tragic death
It is somewhat standard procedure at times for a person’s Facebook page to be deleted after their death, especially if it’s a death that occurred in a tragic or controversial way.
There was one photo of Pastor Tims walking away on the shore of a beach that was apropos to the moment, as if he was walking off into a peaceful place.
Others showed a seemingly physically fit man in a white tank top, while others displayed “Pastor Zach” at the Wailing Wall, hands splayed.
One commenter begged Pastor Tims to just eat a sandwich or something, hinting at a thinned frame on the man.
A very public Facebook page full of lovely photos mere days ago has now disappeared into the ether, after the white-hot glare of the public eye glared down upon it, and people realized that what was once available to the public all along has now become a study into something that feels too personal to reveal for the foreboding clues they may have contained.