Virginia Pastor Who Defied Social Distancing To Hold Service, Dies Of Coronavirus

Virginia Pastor Who Defied Social Distancing To Hold Service, Dies Of Coronavirus

He had vowed to keep the church open until he was in jail or hospital.

Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, a pastor from Virginia, held his last service on March 22 at the Richmond’s New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, defying all warnings about social distancing and not having more than 10 people gather at one spot. As reported by NY Post, he had said: "I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that."

He vowed to keep the church open "unless I’m in jail or the hospital." Not only was he defying the most crucial aspect of preventing the virus from spreading through the practice of social distancing, his words and actions were also putting other people's lives in danger. He said: "I am essential. I’m a preacher — I talk to God!"

On Sunday, his church announced, "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Gerald O. Glenn." The pastor, sadly, died of coronavirus and it is being reported that his wife has been affected as well. 

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