Virginia Bishop Gerald Glenn has died of Coronavirus simply weeks after he defied the ban on social gatherings to host a packed church service.
Church official Bryan Nevers introduced the information throughout New Deliverance Evangelistic’s Easter Sunday livestream.
He stated: “It is with an exceedingly sorrowful and heavy heart that I come to you this morning, and regret to inform you that on last night, April the 11th at 9 p.m., our father Bishop Gerald Glenn transitioned from labor to reward.”
“Our bishop has been a friend, as well as 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,” Nevers added.
Glenn’s loss of life comes after his final in-person service on March 22.
Glenn made headlines after the sermon, for proudly broadcasting a totally full service whereas boasting about flouting the ban on social gatherings.
“I got way more than 10 people here,” Glenn stated in his sermon in reference to the ban issued by Gov. Ralph Northam.
Glenn additionally slammed the government for “making moral decisions for church members.”
He stated at the time: “I know I’m on some controversial territory. I don’t care about your opinion. I’m not trying to appease anybody.”
Glenn additionally defined that church service is “essential,” in an try to justify why he continued to advertise such a big gathering of individuals.
On April 3, Glenn’s daughter Mar-Gerie Crawley defined on Fb Reside that the pastor was hospitalized in “pretty critical condition.”
On April 4, Crawley stated that her father and mom Marcietia Glenn examined constructive for the virus.
Crawley defined throughout an interview with WTVR that the household didn’t initially suppose Glenn was severely in poor health as “he has diverticulitis” and “it’s not uncommon for him to get fevers or virus or sinus infections.”
Nonetheless, Glenn’s situation worsened and he was taken to the emergency room.
“He was very lethargic, so my mom decided that evening, once his breathing became labored, she took him back and at that point they kept him. They did the COVID-19 test on him, and we got it back that day and it was positive,” Crawley informed WTVR.
Glenn is survived by his spouse and their three daughters and two sons.
Since his loss of life, members of his congregation and non secular leaders and political figures throughout have expressed their condolences.
“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 Richmond faith community. May all do as much for so many,” Senator Tim Kaine tweeted.
“Bishop Glenn was my great friend for more than 20 years. He was an extraordinary spiritual and community leader, and we will all miss him very much,” Senator Mark Warner stated in an announcement obtained by NBC 12.