Dear Parents and Supporters of Go4Word,

It is with a heavy heart that we write to tell you that Otto Pruitt Jr. passed away suddenly in his sleep on Friday afternoon, October 15th. We rest assured knowing that he is dancing with Jesus. However, those of us on this side of heaven are feeling bruised and heartbroken. We know our Hope is with Christ, however and we also know that Jesus weeps with us as we walk in this pain.

Please know that we are currently working on plans to ensure that Go4Word continues in a way that continues to honor Christ and which is consistent with the outstanding work and love that Otto has poured into it over the last five years. The students are obviously devastated and confused by such a great loss. While we may have a few challenges along the way, we serve a mighty God and know that by His Grace we will be back together again soon.

Go4Word operates in Douglas County and in Weld County with additional school sites under consideration. We are coordinating with each area to provide a place and time for the students to meet, grieve, and be loved on.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Lifegate Church, 10200 E Girard Ave., Building D, Denver, CO on Thursday, October 28, 2021, 11:00 a.m., with visitation preceding on Wednesday, October 27, from 1-3 p.m., at Lifegate Church, and following the Celebration of Life. A Celebration of Life will also be held in Fort Wayne, IN, on November 13, 2021 at Fellowship Missionary Church, 11:00 a.m. at 2536 E Tillman Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46816

You may donate through GoFundMe (, or you can use PayPal by clicking here ( (If donating by PayPal, please make SURE you put Pruitt Family in the notes section) Either option ensures that 100% of all donations (minus applicable fees) will go towards the family. *Please note that the GoFundMe page states that Brad Bergford is the beneficiary of the funding. As Executive Director I have the appropriate access to ensure all funds will be going to the Pruitt family”

There is also a current need of gift cards for Walmart, UberEats, restaurants, etc. Daniel Pruitt has asked to please mail cards and gift cards to Becky and she will be delivering these to the family:

Becky Cohen
10356 Kettering Lane
Parker, CO 80134

Please know that we are praying for everyone who is part of our Go4Word family including students, parents, volunteers, donors, and staff. Above all, please keep the Pruitt’s in your prayers. May they feel His peace, His power, and His love as never before.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. While we may not have all the answers, we are here for you and your students.

Your Brother In Christ,

Brad Bergford
Go4Word Executive Director


We would like to give you an opportunity to share how Otto has impacted your life. This will be a big encouragement and inspiration to his family and friends of a life that was committed to the cause of Christ.


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