Pastor Gentry Eddings announced on Jan. 22 to his North Carolina church congregation that he and his wife, Hadley, are expecting twins.
Gentry also showed churchgoers an ultrasound photo from his wife's pregnancy, notes The Christian Post.
Hadley posted the ultrasound with an announcement on Facebook on Jan. 22: "Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!"
Gentry released a statement to People about how his two deceased sons -- Dobbs and Reed -- would be "big brothers" to the twins:
The Lord has not left us for one second in our grief of losing our two boys almost 2 years ago. God is a redeemer and a restorer! God blesses us beyond what we deserve or could ever imagine. We are excited that Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers to TWINS!
We are so thankful for our family and so many friends who have prayed for us and cheered us on our way. We're rejoicing, and thank Jesus for these two precious little ones!
The couple lost their two sons in a tragic crash when Hadley’s car was rear-ended by a truck on Memorial Day weekend in 2015, notes People.
Dobbs, who was 2 years old, was killed in the crash. Hadley, who was 37 weeks pregnant, was taken to an emergency room where she had a C-section. Hadley gave birth to a boy named Reed, who passed away two days later.
About one week after the accident, Gentry told the church congregation: "We have in our hearts forgiven the man who did this," noted WBTV.
Stacey Martin, a spokesperson with Forest Hill Church, told the media: "It can really be hard to forgive someone for something as big as this, the loss of two children. They're able to forgive him and hope that anybody in the congregation who is holding a grudge or holding on to unforgiveness is able to forgive."
Gentry's sister, Amber Justice, told People: "Forgiveness can be a tricky thing. But like my brother said during the service, forgiving the driver was easy and hard all at the same time. Hard because our natural inclination is to cling to the pain and hurt and even anger. Easy because we believe in a good God."