Son of crash victims planning to continue their work

He says he's stepping up to help a community mourning a double loss.

The son of a couple killed in a crash is talking about how he'll remember them.

John and Lavada Rowland died Friday after a truck hit their car in Lincoln County.

They were starting a new church there, and their son says he's planning to continue their work.

Joel Rowland's parents were on their way to put some finishing touches on that church, when they were killed in the crash.

Rowland says he wants to thank the community for their support during this difficult time for his family.

John and Lavada Rowland were building a new church for Joel, so he could follow in his father's footsteps as a pastor.

They had to make several trips back and forth to the site, and it was on one of those trips that a truck crashed head-on into them on Highway 27, near the Garrard-Lincoln County line.

Now, as Joel Rowland plans his parents' funeral, he says he's committed to keeping his parents' dream alive.

"Even though in a time when it feels like that you should have resentment, still, that's our almighty goal is to help somebody get delivered off this. This is the reason that we feel that souls need to be saved."

The new church, called the New Covenant Holiness Church, was set to have its first service Sunday.

Although church members were unable to keep that date, Joel tells us they expect to open its doors in the near future, just as his parents would have wanted.

27 NEWSFIRST has learned the man police say caused the crash that killed the Rowlands, 27-year-old Brett Whittaker, has had several alcohol related charges in the past nine years.

State police say they're waiting on toxicology tests for this crash, but they do say alcohol containers were found in Whittaker's truck.

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