About 75 people gathered at Calvary Chapel in Cary to pray for Jordan Vincent Gibbs and to come to terms with what happened.
According to the senior pastor at Calvary, Gibbs was at Jordan Lake with a group of families Monday afternoon.
Pastor Rodney Finch says the 18-year-old was racing another teen to a buoy when he drowned. The other person made it back to the shore, but when he turned to look for Gibbs, he didn't see the teen.
A dive team recovered Gibbs' body from the lake a short while later.
Church leaders say Gibbs was an active member of the church youth group and a devout Christian.
"Jordan really, really had a deep devotion for God," Pastor Finch said. "I smile when I talk about Jordan because Jordan was different, different in a good way. Jordan was his own person."
He was a graduate of Apex High School and planned to enlist in a special division of the military that focuses on diving.
"Him being a good swimmer and for something like this to happen is quite an irony," Finch said.
Pastor Finch says there will not be an autopsy conducted on Jordan's body. Funeral services will likely be held later this week.
"When Jordan wasn't hanging out with his friends or doing something that teenagers do, he would be here at church," Finch added.