Son of evangelist Greg Laurie killed in car crash

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Christopher Laurie—the 33-year-old son of Harvest Crusade evangelist Greg Laurie and his wife, Cathe—died July 24 in a car crash in Riverside County in Southern California, ministry publicist Laura Swickard McGowan, said.

According to local news reports, Christopher Laurie was traveling on Highway 91, when he entered a carpool lane that was being closed down by Caltrans. The car driven by Laurie then plowed into a Caltrans vehicle.

The senior Laurie is the founder of Harvest Crusades, with the next one scheduled for Aug. 15 - 17 in Anaheim, Calif. Laurie's church, Harvest Christian Fellowship, and the crusade headquarters are both based in Riverside. Since the inception of Harvest Crusades, more than 3.6 million people have attended the stadium and arena events in the U.S. Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

According to the church Web site, Christopher Laurie, the older of two sons, worked for the church, serving as its art director for the past three years. A resident of Huntington Beach, Christopher celebrated his birthday April 1.

There is no immediate word if Christopher's death will impact the crusade. In recent weeks, Laurie has been promoting his newest book, "Lost Boy," which chronicles his redemption from a drug-using rebel to pastor of one of Riverside's largest church communities.

In addition to his parents, Christopher Laurie is survived by his expectant wife, Brittany, and daughter, Stella. Brittany is due in November. Laurie is also survived by his younger brother Jonathan.

A private memorial service will be held on Friday, August 1, at 11 a.m., Pacific Time. You may watch the service live online by visiting www.harvest.org, or listening live on KWVE (107.9 FM) in Southern California.

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