Self family's church plans several events to help community cope with tragedy

- Several events have been organized by a local church in an attempt to help the community cope after a former Gastonia police officer and a current private investigator crashed his car into a local restaurant Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law. 

Roger Self and his family attended Venture Church for years, according to pastor and family friend Austin Rammell. 

Self, who Rammell said was suffering depression and anxiety, is accused of ramming his car into the window of the Surf and Turf Restaurant on North 14th Street in Bessemer City.

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The wreck killed his daughter, Katelyn Self, who was a Gaston County Sheriff's Deputy, and his daughter-in-law, Amanda Self, who was an emergency room nurse at CaroMont Health. 

Self's wife, Diane Self, 53, son, Joshua Self, 38, and his 13-year-old granddaughter were also injured in the crash and were taken to the hospital. Diane and Joshua are listed in critical condition.

Katelyn Self was engaged to marry Officer Alex Burns of the Gastonia Police Department. He was sitting next to her in the restaurant when her life was taken.

"It doesn't add up to the person they know," Rammell said Monday. “Not in a million years would anyone who knew Roger Self would ever imagine this."

Venture Church has organized a series of four events to offer support and care as members of the family, church and community try to cope with the tragic incident. The vents are open to the public, and all but one, the Annual Spring event, take place at the Venture Building at 800 E. Main St. in Dallas.

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Wed May 23, 2018 @The Hub

  • Community Wide Event for High School and Middle School Students
  • 6:30PM – 8:00PM
  • Guest Speaker:  Brody Holloway, Director of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters in Andrews, NC.
  • Purpose - A focused time of healing for the many high school and middle school students in the community that have been effected by this tragedy.
  • Contact - Chris Mintz, Associate Pastor of Children, Students and Administration (704) 813-6105
Thursday May 24, 2018 @The Hub 
  • Venture Church Night
  • 7:00PM – 8:30PM
  • Q&A With the Lead Pastor of Venture Austin Rammell
  • Purpose – A time for the Venture Church family to work through the hard issues involved with the tragic event of the Self family.
  • Contact - Jonathan Pugh, Associate Pastor of Life Group and Church Partnership (423) 742-0709
  • Special Note: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Rapid Response Team will have counselors at this event.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 @The Hub

  • 3 Modern Worship Gatherings
  •  8:00AM, 9:30AM and 11:00AM
  • Focus – Worship and Bible preaching led by the Venture Church Band and Austin Rammell with direct application to the Self tragedy.

Sunday PM May 27, 2018 @Dallas Park – 1303 Dallas Cherryville Highway

  • Venture’s Annual Spring Event
  • 5:00pm -7:00pm
  • Purpose - A time of fun and interaction for the community.  Over 3,000 people attended last year.
  • Special Note:  The Billy Graham Evangelistic Rapid Response Team will have counselors at this event.
  • Description - Venture's Ginormous Egg Hunt is now on Memorial Day Weekend at the Dallas Park Horse Arena. Bring the kids for: 15,000 Stuffed Eggs, Free Food (Hot Dogs, Popcorn & Snow Cones). Massive Rock Wall, Giant Bounce House, Super Slide, Insane Obstacle Course, Your Favorite Superheroes, Local Firefighters & Ladder Truck, Baseball, Football & Soccer Challenges, Balloons, Face Painting & Crafts.  All Food & Activities are FREE!
  • Contact - Chris Mintz, Associate Pastor of Children, Students and Administration (704) 813-6105

In addition, the events at The Hub will be live streamed at and

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