Weeks after he defied a social distancing order with a crowded church service, Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Virginia, died from complications of the coronavirus while other infected members of his family, including his widow, are fighting to recover. Glenn was 66.
“It is with an exceedingly sorrowful and heavy heart that I come to you this morning and regret to inform you that last night, April 11 at 11 p.m., our father, Bishop Gerald Glenn, transitioned from labor to reward. I can’t lie, the first thing I asked God was why?” Bryan Nevers, a church elder, announced in a video posted to the church’s Facebook page.
Bishop Glenn’s wife, Marcietia Glenn, three of their children and their son-in-law have also tested positive for the new coronavirus, 8News reported. Marcietia Glenn and the couple’s son are at home recovering. Two of their daughters and their son-in-law are still hospitalized.
In his announcement on Sunday, Nevers urged the church to pray for their recovery.
“Bishop and mother, right now both Derek and Amanda are currently hospitalized with pneumonia in both lungs. We are believing God for healing right now in the name of Jesus. Saints, don’t stop praying,” he said. “Our bishop has always told us as they wheeled him into the operating room, he’ll proclaim that God is still a healer. We now have a duty to embrace one another in the love of Jesus.”
Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph S. Northam announced on March 17 that residents should avoid nonessential gatherings of more than 10 people, in line with federal guidelines on social distancing.
In a fiery church service on March 22, Bishop Glenn who died declared: “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that.”
He also insisted that his job as a pastor was essential and he would keep his church “unless I’m in jail or the hospital.”
“Practice discipline. Keep 6 feet, better keep 6 feet. And don’t forget that you could be one day 6 feet under,” he quipped during the sermon.
“I just you know, I can’t make y’all think like I’m thinking, but this thing has helped me. It has made me realize my own mortality. And I can honestly tell you of a truth today. If I die, I’m not worried about death,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair