Glad Tidings Community Church Pastor John R. Teeter is pictured recovering from his accident, holding his newborn grandson, Silas.
GLOCESTER â€“ A benefit motorcycle run and concert will be held in September to raise money for a Glocester pastor paralyzed in a fall three months ago.
Money from the Sept. 14 fundraiser will be used to help Glad Tidings Community Church Pastor John R. Teeter and his family with medical costs as well as future modifications to their home and transportation needs.
Teeter, a contractor by trade, and his son, Mark, were two stories off the ground painting a house when a misstep caused him to fall off of the scaffolding. His back absorbed most of the impact when he hit the ground, but he also sustained a serious skull injury and a broken wrist. A Boston surgical team placed pins and rods in the thoracic vertebrae in Teeterâ€™s spine, but his doctors have little hope he will walk again.
Teeter was initially on a breathing ventilator in the intensive care unit of Beth Israel Hospital, but over the past three months his recovery has been continuing slowly but steadily. He is now is a wheelchair undergoing therapy and rehabilitation at Epoch Rehabilitation Center.
Teeter has been pastor of the Chepachet-based Glad Tidings Community Church for the past 23 years. He and his wife, Trish, live in Glocester and are the parents of three children, Mark, Julia and Charissa.
The benefit motorcycle run and concert will be held Sept. 14 at the church, 111 Victory Highway (Route 102) in Chepachet. The 75-mile ride will start with registration at 9 a.m. and then kickstands up by noon. Bandanas will be provided to all riders. The cost is $20 for riders and $10 for passengers. For non-bikers the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
There will be a concert and food afterwards. Musical guests are Collington and Jonas Woods.
â€śHe is a family man, has his own children, a newborn grandson, and a whole church congregation that considers him to be family,â€ť says Erin Dugas, a congregation member.
Dugas has started her own online fundraiser through YouCaring to help raise money to pay for Teeterâ€™s medical expenses and care in the coming months, possibly even years. Supporters and well wishers have already raised more than $9,000.
Glad Tidings Community Church is an Assemblies of God church in Chepachet, which started as a home prayer meeting in 1989. With assistance from an Assembly of God church in North Providence, Teeter and his family came to Rhode Island from Washington in 1990 to pioneer the new church in Glocester, which held its first Sunday services in a rented storefront facility on Terry Lane in Chepachet.
In August 1996, the church moved to the Burrillville Middle School auditorium to facilitate the growing needs of the congregation. Seven years later, the church purchased land on Victory Highway for a new church building, which opened in September of 2005.
The congregation numbers 150.
To make a donation to the online fundraiser, visit www.youcaring.com/other/bearing-john-s-burdens/58499.