YOAKUM COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Bill Garner (pictured,) Tyler Patterson, Tyler Springer, Steve Tucker, have been identified as the four leaders of Harvest Church of Germantown killed in a plane crash in Texas on Tuesday morning. Lead pastor, Kennon Vaughan, survived and was listed in stable condition at a Texas hospital.

According to the FAA, the men were traveling in a single-engine Piper PA-46, when for yet to be determined reasons, the aircraft went down south of the Yoakum Municipal Airport in Yoakum, Texas Tuesday morning.


Officials said a total of five people were on board the plane. It is unclear who was piloting the aircraft when it crashed.

The Memphis church posted the following statement on their website:

“Harvest Family,

It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Bill Garner, Steve Tucker, Tyler Patterson and Tyler Springer. All were beloved members of Harvest Church and their loss currently leaves us without the proper words to articulate our grief.

As of our last report, Kennon Vaughan is in stable condition in a Texas hospital.

We ask for your prayers and kindly request that the families of all involved are given the proper space to grieve at this time. We will provide more information as it is received. We covet your prayers.

The worship center will be open from 6:30 to 8:30pm to gather for a time of prayer and mourning with Harvest elders, staff and fellow members.

Harvest Elders”

The exact cause of the plane crash remains under investigation by the NTSB.

Geo quick facts: Yoakum County is a county located in the far western portion of the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 7,694. Its county seat is Plains. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1907. It is named for Henderson King Yoakum, a Texas historian. Until the passage of a liquor sales referendum held on May 11, 2013, Yoakum had been one of 19 remaining prohibition or entirely dry counties within the state of Texas. Voters in Denver City also approved a separate referendum to permit liquor sales within that community. In 1965, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark number 5927 was placed at the county courthouse, acknowledging the creation of the county in 1876. Until after 1900, the county contained primarily nomadic buffalo hunters and a few scattered ranchers. Yoakum County was organized in 1907, and the population increased to 602 because of the sale of state land deeds – wikipedia.