Updated information at the end of the post.

The son of beloved evangelist and pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California was killed this morning in an automobile accident. Christopher Laurie was 33 years old and worked in his father’s ministry. Read more of the story below and see photos and a video.

For evangelical christians who grew up in the Southern California area like myself, it is sad — almost like the loss of an extended family member — to learn of the unexpected death of the son of well known Calvary Chapel pastor Greg Laurie.

Greg Laurie is the founder of the Harvest Crusades, with an upcoming one scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17 in Anaheim, Calif. Greg Laurie is also the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship, located along with the crusade headquarters in Riverside, California. Since the inception of Harvest Crusades, more than 3.6 million people have attended the stadium and arena events in the U.S. Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

According to the church Web site, Christopher Laurie, the oldest of two sons, worked for the church, serving as its Art Director for the past three years. In addition to his parents, Christopher Laurie is survived by his expectant wife, Brittany who is due in November, and daughter Stella. Christopher Laurie is also survived by his younger brother Jonathan.

There is no immediate word if Christopher’s death will impact the upcoming crusade. In recent weeks, Greg Laurie has been promoting his newest book, “Lost Boy,�? which chronicles his redemption from a drug-using rebel to pastor of one of America’s mega-churches.

If you’d like to pass along condolences and thoughts for the Laurie family, you can do so by posting a comment on pastor Greg’s blog by clicking here.

UPDATE: In lieu of flowers, Harvest Christian Fellowship has established the “Christopher Laurie Memorial Fund.” Proceeds from the fund will go to Chris’s wife Brittany Laurie, his daughter Stella Laurie, and the soon-to-be daughter in order to assist them financially.

To make a donation to the Christopher Laurie Memorial Fund, click here.

UPDATE 2: A private memorial service will be held on Friday, August 1, at 11 A.M., Pacific Time. You may watch the service live online by visiting harvest.org, or listening live on KWVE (107.9 FM) in Southern California. You may pass along condolences and thoughts for the Laurie family by posting a comment on Pastor Greg’s blog by clicking here.

UPDATE 3: The Memorial Service for Christopher Laurie was held this morning at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California where hiis father, Greg Laurie is the pastor. The service was open to the public and live simulcasts of the service were shown at Magnolia Avenue Baptist Church and at Calvary Chapel Downey.

The service can be viewed in their archives by going here.

“Harvest Crusades 2007″ Video