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Coronavirus: Richmond pastor Bishop G.O. Glenn dies of COVID-19 complications

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New Deliverance Evangelistic Church’s Bishop G.O. Glenn has died of COVID-19 complications, church leaders announced Easter Sunday.
By: WTVR CBS 6 Web StaffPosted at 10:39 AM, Apr 12, 2020 and last updated 5:00 PM, Apr 12, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. — Bishop G.O. Glenn has died of complications from COVID-19, New Deliverance Evangelistic Church officials announced during Easter Sunday services.

“It is with an exceedingly sorrowful and heavy heart that I come to you this morning, and regret to inform you that on last night, April the 11th at 9 p.m., our father Bishop Gerald Glenn transitioned from labor to reward,” Elder Bryan Nevers said.

Church leaders said funeral plans “in the season a social distancing” would be released in the coming days. See the twit below. https://twitter.com/CBS6/status/1249349562940174337?s=19

“Saints, don’t stop praying,” Nevers said. “Our Bishop has always told us, as they wheeled him into the operating room, he will proclaim that God is still a healer. We now have a duty to embrace one another in the love of Jesus.”

Church leaders thanked the community on behalf of the family for their love, support and prayers “as we now walk down this path together.”

“Love on each other, Saints,” Nevers said.

The news comes one week after the church announced Glenn and Mother Marcietia Glenn tested positive for COVID-19.

Mar-Gerie Crawley, the couple’s daughter, said last Sunday that family members noticed their parents were having health issues and started searching for ways to treat their symptoms at home — especially her dad.

“He has diverticulitis, so it’s not uncommon for him to get fevers or you know virus or sinus infection,” Crawley explained.

With in a week, Crawley said Bishop Glenn’s health worsened after trips to to urgent care and the emergency room.

“The next day he was very lethargic, so my mom decided that evening, once his breathing became labored, she took him back and at that point they kept him,” Crawley said. “They did the COVID-19 test on him and we got it back that day and it was positive.”

Crawley said her father’s breathing improved once doctors began treating him with a ventilator.


Bishop G.O. Glenn
Bishop Glenn’s services air Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on WTVR CBS 6.

“I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus,” Bishop Glenn said in a March 22 sermon, which aired last week.

Glenn delivered that message just one day before the state officially banned gatherings of 10 or more people, but officials had been urging social distancing.

Crawley said that sermon, where more than 10 people were gathered, was held to support to those who were scared and was not meant to defy the state order.

Bishop G.O. Glenn and Mother Marcietia Glenn
Bishop G.O. Glenn and Mother Marcietia Glenn
However, Crawley said she is now urging everyone to stay home.

“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 is thankful for the support from the community.

“It’s not an easy situation, but the people that are standing with us makes it a little bit more easy to get through it,” Crawley said.
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