‘It didn’t seem possible’: Youth pastor dies days after being diagnosed with the flu

A 36-year-old youth minister in Indiana died Monday after she was diagnosed with the flu. Allison Williams was a beloved youth minister at Reddington Christian Church, who had made Seymour, Indiana her home for more than a decade.”In my 34 years in the ministry, she is the best youth minister I’ve worked with,” Reddington Christian Church pastor Scott Brown told our sister station WLKY.She had received a flu shot, the Seymour Tribune reported.Williams began attending the church in 2008.Three months later, she was taking the lead on the church’s youth ministry. She spent the next 11 years dedicating herself to that program and the church’s youth.Brown said Williams was incredible at reaching the church’s youth and during her time there grew the group from about a dozen to nearly 100.”Every year, she would take all the kids’ schedules for extracurricular activities, whether it was band or choir or sporting events, and she made an effort to go to every kid’s event at least twice during the course of the year,” Brown remembered.Williams was diagnosed with the flu last week.Brown said he and his wife checked in on her throughout the weekend before finally convincing her to go to the emergency room Monday. She died at a hospital a short time later. Brown was still there.”Initially when he was talking to me, I didn’t really comprehend she had passed. It just didn’t click. It didn’t seem possible,” Brown said of meeting with the doctor.Williams’ life, he said, was rich thanks to the youth she called “her kids” and her faith, which she eagerly shared.”If they live out those things she taught them, that’s what she would want,” Brown said of the members of the church’s youth group.Watch the video above to learn more about this story.

A 36-year-old youth minister in Indiana died Monday after she was diagnosed with the flu.

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Allison Williams was a beloved youth minister at Reddington Christian Church, who had made Seymour, Indiana her home for more than a decade.

“In my 34 years in the ministry, she is the best youth minister I’ve worked with,” Reddington Christian Church pastor Scott Brown told our sister station WLKY.

She had received a flu shot, the Seymour Tribune reported.

Williams began attending the church in 2008.

Three months later, she was taking the lead on the church’s youth ministry. She spent the next 11 years dedicating herself to that program and the church’s youth.

Brown said Williams was incredible at reaching the church’s youth and during her time there grew the group from about a dozen to nearly 100.

“Every year, she would take all the kids’ schedules for extracurricular activities, whether it was band or choir or sporting events, and she made an effort to go to every kid’s event at least twice during the course of the year,” Brown remembered.

Williams was diagnosed with the flu last week.

Brown said he and his wife checked in on her throughout the weekend before finally convincing her to go to the emergency room Monday.

She died at a hospital a short time later. Brown was still there.

“Initially when he was talking to me, I didn’t really comprehend she had passed. It just didn’t click. It didn’t seem possible,” Brown said of meeting with the doctor.

Williams’ life, he said, was rich thanks to the youth she called “her kids” and her faith, which she eagerly shared.

“If they live out those things she taught them, that’s what she would want,” Brown said of the members of the church’s youth group.

Watch the video above to learn more about this story.