Virginia Pastor Who Held Church Service Despite Social Distancing Guidelines Dies From Coronavirus

“I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus. You can quote me on that,” said defiant Richmond, Va. Bishop Gerald Glenn about obeying social distancing guidelines given to the rest of the United States in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday, Glenn’s church made the announcement about his death.

Bishop Glenn was very adamant about his refusal to adhere to the guidelines, stating during a sermon that he would preach the word of God “unless I’m in jail or the hospital.”

On March 22, Glenn gave his last sermon in his church.

Glenn’s daughter, Mar-Gerie Crawley, admits that her father did not take the virus seriously, however, her mother is now also sick and she vehemently demands that the church’s parishioners take all government-suggested instructions and stay home.

“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,” said Crawley.