INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The fathers of two people killed in last weekend's church bus crash opened up about their faith and the loss of their children Wednesday.
The emotion could be seen and heard as the fathers of Chad and Courtney Phelps talked about their children and how much they will be missed. Both men also talked about their faith and how this was God's plan to call their children home.
"The events of Saturday, the 27th of July have forever changed our lives," said Dr. Charles Phelps, the church's pastor and Chad's father.
In the Youth Center at Colonial Hills Baptist Church, the fathers thanked the community for their outpouring of support.
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"Our hearts are broken and the grief at times is overwhelming. However, we do not sorrow as those who have no hope," said Dr. Russell Gaddy, father of Courtney Phelps.
"They've left us and there's no words that could express our grief," said Dr. Phelps.
The fathers expressed how much they will be missed.
"We know that God has a plan for all of us left behind," Dr. Gaddy said.
Chad and his wife Courtney, their unborn child, and chaperone Tonya Weindorf were killed when a bus overturned last weekend.
24-Hour News 8 learned Courtney was 8 months pregnant with the couple's only daughter. They leave behind their 2-year-old son, Chase, who was also on the bus and survived.
"We believe God gave his angels charge concerning Chase. Protected him in a wonderful. We're so thankful that he's with us. He's the joy of Chad and Courtney's life. He's their living legacy," Dr. Phelps said.
Both fathers said their faith is what's keeping them strong and will get them through this tragedy.
"We know that we will see Chad and Courtney again and that we will meet our dear granddaughter at that time," Dr. Gaddy said.
"We know that we will see our children again because we have faith in Jesus who said I'm the resurrection of life. He that believeth in me, thou he were dead, yet shall he live. Who so ever liveth believeth in me shall not die," Dr. Phelps said.
The men spoke as part of a news conference called by the church, largely to thank the community for its support and prayers. It was at times emotional as the parents remembered their children.
The congregation will say their final goodbyes Thursday.
Tonya Weindorf was also killed in the crash. Visitation for the mother of five is Thursday from 3 p.m. -- 7 p.m. Her funeral is Friday morning.
Visitation for Chad and Courtney Phelps is a few hours after that. Their funerals are Saturday.
Two people remain in the hospital in good condition.
The family of the man behind the wheel when the bus crashed released the following statement Wednesday:
"In the aftermath of Saturday's accident, we are comforted by our faith and hope in Jesus Christ and by our extended church family at Colonial Hills Baptist Church. The loss of our friends and fellow believers has been extremely painful, and we grieve with these families at this time. We are encouraged by the daily improvement of our church teens and rejoice as they heal. We ask for continued privacy as Dad recovers from his own injuries. Thank you for your continued prayers for all involved."
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