Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church counsels grievers

Grief counselors were made available for members of Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church on Friday. (

Inside the walls of Gardendale Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, Friday, emotions ran high.

"The overwhelming emotions are shock and grief and [we're] trying to work through that," Danette Clifton said.

Trying to work through an obstacle that no one saw coming.

Thursday, police say wife and mother Lisa Greer and her daughter, 18-year-old Suzanna Greer were shot by Dr. Terry Greer. The same man they call father and husband. Mr. Greer was also a Senior Pastor at Mt. Vernon.

Police say Mr. Greer later grabbed a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbed himself in his chest and neck inside a bathroom of his house. Police officers who arrived at the scene had to restrain him.

Pastor Greer and his daughter, Suzanna are still in the hospital, according to Gardendale Police Chief, Mike Walker. Lisa Greer died, Friday.

"Things in life happen and there are no answers," Clifton said.

Clifton, who is a spokeswoman for the church, says the focus is not on finding answers, but offering hope.

"We've had lines all day of people just coming, to need to talk to our pastoral counselors," she said.

She says all that can be done is take things one day at a time and take comfort in knowing God always has a plan...even if that plan is difficult to understand.

"I think, as Christians, if you're going to find any hope in the world, that has to be your go-to," she said. "But, faith is hard sometimes."

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