Covenant Pastor, Wife Seriously Injured in Head-On Crash

DURANGO, CO (February 22, 2011) – Rodney Beavers, executive pastor of Westmoore Community Covenant Church in Oklahoma City, and his wife, Cindy, are hospitalized in critical condition after a semi-tractor truck slammed head on into their vehicle Monday night, reports Garth Bolinder, superintendent of the Midsouth Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

The couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Morgan, and 12-year-old son, Preston, were treated for minor injuries and released from a Durango hospital, Bolinder says. The Beavers were on a skiing vacation with at least one other family from the church.

The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. when the truck lost control of its brakes on a mountain highway downgrade near Wolf Creek Pass and hit the Beavers’ vehicle, pushing it back 100 yards, said Cunningham. “A friend saw the vehicle and said it was a miracle that anyone was alive,” he added.

Rodney was flown by helicopter to St. Anthony’s Hospital Trauma Center in Denver. He suffered multiple broken bones in his face, chest, and arms, as well as bleeding on the brain, said Paul Cunningham, Westmoore’s senior pastor.

Cindy remained in critical condition at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango. She suffered a fractured skull and punctured lung. She underwent surgery today to remove part of her small intestine, according to Cunningham.

Cunningham and his wife, Robin, were traveling to Colorado today to be with the family.

“Rodney was one of the first people Paul invited to his new church plant when Paul was walking neighborhoods more than 15 years ago as a church planter,” Bolinder said. “Rodney came to faith in Christ, was discipled by Paul and eventually came onto the staff at Westmoore several years later.” Rodney worked as a banker before joining the Westmoore staff.

Covenant News Service will publish additional information as it becomes available.

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  1. Don’t know current status, but do know that this family is being covered in prayer by many people. Prayer for them, for healing, strength, and recovery. Even though I don’t know, and have never met this family, I consider it a special priveledge to be able to join with many in praying for them. Member,Sunset Covenant Church.

  2. Rodney and his family are very kind and sweet people. Our family continues to pray for them and we know that the Lord will take care of them!

  3. My prayers are with all of you. My family is also praying for you. We love you and hope for quick return and recovery.

  4. My prayers are with the whole family and the church family as well. I am so grateful that our God is present with each one, no matter where they are. Please know that the prayer covering is in place and God is faithful.

  5. You will not find better, nicer people than the Beavers. Much love and prayers going out for Rod, Cindi, their children, the medical staff and the truck driver.

  6. 02/22/2011 At 5:00 pm this evening, Westmoore Community Church held a prayer vigil for the family. Please keep the family in your prayers.

  7. I serve as Chairman of the Board at Focus Federal Credit Union and want the family to know that the entire board and staff have Cindy, Rodney and her kids in our prayers.

  8. Prayers for the Beavers and their family. Also for the church members as they hold vigil and intercede on behalf of the family.

  9. We are praying for Rodney and his family. The church came together tonight to pray. We serve an awesome powerful God who loves his children. God hears our prayers and will work this out for good because he said he would. God keeps his word.

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