Pastor Who Held Packed Service Dies Of Coronavirus
A Virginia pastor who claims he is essential and refused to partake in social distancing by holding packed services has died of Coronavirus.
In his last known in-person service on March 22, Bishop Gerald O. Glenn got his congregation at Richmond’s New Deliverance Evangelistic Church to stand to prove how many were there despite warnings against gatherings of more than 10 people.
He announced that he knew he was being “controversial” by being “in violation” of safety protocols with “way more than 10 people” at the church. He vowed to keep his church open “unless I’m in jail or the hospital,” according to report by New York Post.
He said that he believes strongly that God is bigger than any virus and that there is healing in his church.
On Sunday, his church announced “with an exceedingly sorrowful and heavy heart” that the pastor had died a week after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
His wife, Marcietia Glenn, is also sick with the virus, with church members offering their prayers.
Their daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley said that her father initially dismissed his symptoms because he has a condition that often leads to fevers and infections.
She is now urging everyone to stay home. In her words:
It becomes very real to you. I just beg people to understand the severity and the seriousness of this, because people are saying it’s not just about us, it’s about everyone around us.