By Kevin Fuller
Staff Writer 

Church Family Helps Pastor Grieve - Brevard NC


Jonathan Blackburn (Davey's younger brother), Tessa Blackburn (Jonathan's wife), Dave Blackburn, Brenda Blackburn, Davey Blackburn, Weston Blackburn and Amanda Blackburn. (Courtesy photo)

For 51-year-old Dave Blackburn, pastor of NEXT Church in Brevard, the recent holiday season wasn't filled with the joy that typically overflows his family's cup.

Blackburn and his wife, Brenda, spent the holidays helping their son Davey grieve the loss of his pregnant wife, Amanda, after she was murdered by an intruder in the couple's home in Indianapolis, Ind.

"It was a different holiday," Blackburn said.

Blackburn, along with members of his congregation and Brevard community members, have come together to help the grieving family who lost "Sweet Amanda."

She died after home intruder...

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