Local church mourns death of youth leader killed in car crash

Local church mourns death of youth leader killed in car crash
Published: Jan. 25, 2016 at 11:42 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2016 at 12:27 AM EST
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A local church is mourning the loss of one of their own. Seacoast church youth leader Jacob Hull was killed in a crash on the Don Holt Bridge this weekend.

Authorities say his car flipped over the ledge and landed in the marsh. The Berkeley County Coroner reports that Hull died on scene, early Saturday morning, from his injuries.

"I was in shock, I didn't want to believe it," said Brandon McCain, Hull's roommate and friend.

McCain not only lived with Jacob Hull, but worked side-by-side in the Seacoast, mentoring the youth.

"We both had the same ambitions to be youth pastors one day," said McCain.

McCain says Hull had a way with connecting with the youth, they'd often create funny videos together tied to a bigger message at church.

"I'm always going to cherish that because he can't dance and I can't rap, so, together...it was atrocious but it was great," said McCain.

Jon Hohm, a pastor at Seacoast, says Hull came to Charleston, from California for an internship at Seacoast. That was two years ago. After his first year in Charleston, he was promoted to a job with the middle school youth group at the West Ashley campus.

Hohm says churchgoers showed up to service this weekend with heavy hearts.

"Students came in pretty broken," said Hohm. "Although we were in shock and mourning , we celebrated him. Just seeing his Facebook light up with students who had been impacted by his life was just amazing."

Mccain says he won't let Hull's death be in vain and will continue to try and live as his late friend would have.

"He was always smiling or laughing and if he was having a bad day, his goal was to make sure you had a better day," said McCain.

They say their growing congregation that consists of thousands of people through the Lowcountry will honor Jacob Hull's life and the legacy he leaves behind.

"In his short time here, and in his short time on earth, he really impacted a lot of people," said Hohm.

Seacoast Church is holding a funeral service for Hull this week. It's at 4 p.m. on Friday at the West Ashley location on Savannah Highway.

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