Virginia Pastor Who Defiantly Packed Church Amid Shtudown Dies of Coronavirus

April 14, 2020

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A pastor in Virginia has died of coronavirus after refusing to shut down his church to comply with pandemic protocols. Last month, Bishop Gerald O. Glenn flaunted the crowded pews at Richmond’s New Deliverance Evangelistic Church despite warnings against gatherings of more than 10 people. “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that,” he said. “I am essential. I’m a preacher—I talk to God!” Glenn also vowed to keep his house of worship open "unless I’m in jail or the hospital.” This past Sunday, another pastor at the church announced, "I regret to inform you that last night, our father, Bishop Gerald Glenn, transitioned from labor to reward. I can't lie: The first thing I asked God was, 'Why?'" Glenn's wife is currently sick with coronavirus, while their daughter Mar-Gerie Crawley told a local news outlet, "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."