Relief Fund Created by Church to Help Families Impacted by Bus Tragedy

Pool video and still photography feed to be provided to media
following church’s Sunday worship service

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Following an outpouring of support from around the world, the First
Baptist Church of New Braunfels announced Friday the establishment of a
Tragedy Relief Fund to accept donations for the families of the 13
church members killed in a recent bus crash.

Financial donations to the Tragedy Relief Fund can be made online at
to help meet a variety of needs of the families affected. Members of the
public who want to express their sympathies, volunteer or donate food
are encouraged to utilize the Support Message Board on the church’s
website at

“People from as far as Norway and Germany have been moved by the Spirit
of the Lord to contact our church and offer everything from kind words
to financial support,” Pastor Brad McLean said. “Any funds we receive
will go directly to the families impacted by this unfortunate tragedy.”

Media interested in attending Sunday’s 10:45 a.m. service will be
admitted only in the church’s overflow room, space permitting, but will
not be permitted to bring video or still cameras or conduct any
interviews on church property. Media must RSVP via email to
by noon Saturday, April 1 in order to attend.

Access to a professional quality video, audio feed and still photography
will be provided to the media following the services. Media wishing to
receive the file should email
or call (830) 428-3517.

“We welcome everyone at First Baptist Church,” Pastor McLean said. “But
because we are expecting many worshippers to attend on Sunday, we ask
that everyone respect the sanctity of the service and the privacy of
church members while they are grieving.”

Designated parking will be available for media at the lot on Guenther
Street, beginning at 9 a.m. Media must enter in the church door on Cross
Street in the AMC building. See enclosed map.

A ceremonial AirLIFE helicopter flyover is tentatively scheduled,
weather permitting, for immediately following the worship service.
Details to follow. The flyover will not be included in the footage from
the worship services to be provided to media.


First Baptist Church of New Braunfels
Pastor Brad McLean,