A Pastor in the US, known as Bishop Gerald Glenn and popular in Virginia has died from Coronavirus. On the 22nd of March, Bishop Gerald Glenn held a church service after being informed that social gathering should be avoided, but he defied the law and held the service anyways.
Bishop Gerald Glenn went really popular online after calling out the governments, Gov. Ralph Northam to be precise, after he banned social gathering and imposed lockdown, Glenn said;
“I got way more than 10 people for service, the government cannot make moral decisions for church members.
I know I’m on some controversial territory. I don’t care about your opinion”
He tested positive for the virus after some weeks, His daughter Mar-Gerie Crawley went Live on Facebook where she told the world that her father and mother have tested positive for the virus and that the Bishop is in a very critical condition in the emergency room.
The church announced his death in the New Deliverance Evangelistic’s Easter celebration live-stream.
In a statement made by the church, it read;
“It is with an exceedingly sorrowful and heavy heart that we regret to inform you that our father Bishop Gerald Glenn died from Coronavirus on April 11 and transitioned from labor to reward.
Our bishop has been a spiritual Shepard to so many of us here at New Deliverance, and around the country. He will be missed by us all.
ENDC, as we enter into a period of mourning for the next 30 days, let us continue to pray for Mother Glenn and the first family.”
Before his death, he tried to justify his actions by saying church services should be considered “essential” according to a report by DAILY POST.
A senator, Senator Tim Kaine reacted to the death of the pastor, he tweeted;
“My heart sinks as I learn this morning that Bishop Gerald Glenn, pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, died yesterday from COVID-19.
He was a friend and pillar of the Richmond faith community. May all do as much for so many.”
And according to NBC, senator Mark Warner reacted to Bishop Glenn’s death, he said he has been a friends with the deceased for more than 20 years.
“Glenn was an extraordinary spiritual and community leader, and we will all miss him very much.”senator Mark Warner