*Four relatives of the Virginia bishop who died of COVID-19 after holding services last month have also tested positive for coronavirus.
We previously reported, Bishop Gerald O. Glenn delivered his last in-person service on March 22, during which he told his congregation at Richmond’s New Deliverance Evangelistic Church that “God is larger than this dreaded virus.”
“You can quote me on that,” he added, saying that “people are healed” in his church.
He also bragged about being “controversial” for violating the safety guidelines by having “way more than 10 people” at the church.
“I am essential,” he said of keeping the doors to his church open. “I’m a preacher — I talk to God,” he said, noting that he was not afraid of death.
His church announced his death Sunday.
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As reported by CNN, Glenn’s daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley, told Chris Cuomo on Wednesday night since her father’s death, she is one of four family members who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including her husband, her mother and her sister.
“When he decided to have services, he was very clear in posting signs and having hand sanitizer, and wearing gloves and not congregating with people after service, during service,” Crawley said. “People were asked to sit six feet apart. Family members sat together. That’s it. After service, there was no talking and hanging around. Everyone left.”
Adding, “He … wanted to give them a message of hope that it’s OK that this virus is out there. God is out there, too, and we believe that God will protect us.”
Crawley told WTVR that because her father had a condition that often triggered fevers and infections, he initially dismissed his symptoms.
“It becomes very real to you,” she said.
“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 added.