Family mourns loss of driver killed in church van crash

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Family members said 51-year-old Ed Sadler loved his family, his church and God. Sadler and other church members were involved in an accident Sunday evening when was driving a van for Jesus House of Prayer Temple Church. Thirteen of the 18 passengers on board were transported to the hospital.

Police believe a car blew through a red light at the intersection of 46th and Emerson. Officers believe the driver, 26-year old Brandon Collins, was drinking. He faces preliminary charges of Failure to Stop Resulting in Death and Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Resulting in Death. The van was on its way back from God’s Love Church where members enjoyed worship and fellowship.

Family members said Sadler was a long standing member Jesus House of Prayer Temple Church. He was a deacon who loved driving the church van.

“He was doing what he loved and what was part of his ministry,” said Vanessa Powell.

Sadler leaves behind two daughters.

Condolences are also being posted on Sadler’s Facebook page, where he could often be found quoting scripture.

One person wrote, “As I read [through] the posts, my heart is heavy. Heavy for those injured in the accident, and the one soul who arrives tonight at Heaven’s gate. My heart is heavy for this Shepard who loves our Lord. Who boasted and loved his kids unconditionally. A tear is shed thinking of the encouraging words spilled on his page. Rest my friend, my brother, God is in control.”