Pastor who said “God is larger than this dreaded virus” dies of COVID-19

A pastor from Virginia dies from COVID-19 after defiantly holding a packed church service. The church service was done against the government’s orders of not holding large gatherings amid the pandemic.

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Last Easter Sunday, Bishop Gerald Glenn passed away. This comes a week after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. His last service was held last March 22, three weeks before. However, this service was done five days after the governor told people to “avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people.”

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According to reports, the bishop even announced that he was proud of being “controversial” for holding the packed service. In a video played April 6 by Richmond station WTVR, Glenn said, “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus.” He also claimed that he was an essential worker, that he’s a preacher and he talks to God.

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With this, Glenn’s wife, Mother Marcietia Glenn, was also diagnosed with COVID-19. Their daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley, also said that his father initially dismissed his symptoms because he had a preexisting condition that usually leads to fevers and infections.

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