Coronavirus: U.S. Pastor who defied social distancing dies if COVID-19

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A Virginia Bishop who said, “God is larger than this dreaded virus” has died of complications of COVID-19, according to a statement from an elder at his church.

Despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid mass gatherings and maintain social distancing, Glenn said in a sermon on March 22, “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus,” and announced he was not afraid to die.

Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 9:00 PM,” a statement on the church’s Facebook page said. “Please be in prayer with us for Mother Marcietia Glenn, our first family & the NDEC church family.

An evangelical pastor who continued in-person services amid warnings of the coronavirus outbreak has died of COVID-19, just weeks after vowing to continue preaching unless he was “in jail or in the hospital.”

Bryan Nevers, an elder at the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Richmond, Virginia,announced in a Facebook video on Sunday that Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, 66, had died on Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19.

“During this time of intense grief, we ask that you pray continually for the FIRST FAMILY of NDEC,” a Facebook post from the church said. “While they are mourning the heartbreaking earthly absence of their family patriarch & spiritual father, they also have family members who are struggling to survive this dreaded pandemic.”

Glenn’s wife, Marcietia, had also tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Mar-Gerie Crawley, the couple’s daughter, said in a video on Facebook.

“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,” Crawley told WTVR.

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