Pastor Graham
Home World News Coronavirus kills at least 7 prominent pastors, leaving churches to celebrate Easter in mourning
World News

Coronavirus kills at least 7 prominent pastors, leaving churches to celebrate Easter in mourning

1.5k

 

Dozen churches across the United States will be celebrating Easter in grief come Sunday as the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of at least seven more longtime pastors in the last two weeks. All of the pastors were older adults and some suffered from underlying conditions which left them vulnerable to the virus.

 

This year’s Holy Week has arrived with solemnity amid global calamity. COVID-19  forcing Christians to confront mortality. Trepidation has gripped millions of hearts. Many are desperately ill; others are compelled to have difficult end-of-life conversations with their families. Holy Week reminds Christians that through the Crucifixion of Christ, God identifies with humankind in suffering and death.

 

Monsignor Richard J. Guastella, pastor of St. Clare’s R.C. Church in Great Kills on Staten Island, New York, died early Thursday morning after “bravely battling the COVID-19 which led to his hospitalization last week. He was 73.

Rev Guastella

 

 

The Rev. H. Gene Sykes, who led Friendship Baptist Church in Bayonne, New Jersey, for more than a quarter century, died of complications from the new coronavirus. He was 78

Rev Sykes

 

 

The Rev. Andrea Bowman of Grace Episcopal Church of Ellensburg died from complications related to the new coronavirus. She died at 4:15 p.m. on Palm Sunday at the University of Washington ICU unit in Seattle, the Daily Record reported.

Rev Mrs Bowman

 

 

The Rev. Eddie Lee Hunter, 68, died from COVID-19. He served as pastor of Miracle Missionary Baptist Church and as the president of the Northeast District Baptist Convention. Hunter became ill around March 21.

Rev Hunter

 

 

Pastor and former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Detective Carl Smith died from COVID-19 Thursday, the St. Louis Police Officers Association said. The post said his wife Geraldine is also in the hospital with COVID-19. Smith was a pastor at New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a lead mediator at St. Louis Gun Violence De-Escalation Centers.

Pastor and Mrs Smith

 

 

Pastor Ronnie Hampton of  New Vision Community Church, a Free Methodist Church Planting Project targeting the communities of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C., died Wednesday evening, a day after he tested positive for the new coronavirus also known as COVID-19.

Pastor Ronnie

 

 

The Rev. Isaac Graham, the longtime pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Harlem, New York City, also died from the coronavirus on Sunday, just six days after he was diagnosed with the virus and hospitalized, according to a PIX11 report. He was 66.

Pastor Graham

 

His wife of 45 years, Cheryl, said he was stuck on a ventilator until his last breath and she was “quarantined away from him.”

“His last words to me were, ‘I love you,’” she said.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

HighlightWorld News

Attempted military putsch in Sierra Leone: Nationwide curfew imposed

A military armoury in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown came under attack on...

Top StoryWorld News

G20 Summit: German Chancellor, Scholz, Pledges $4.4 billion for Africa-EU Green Energy Initiative

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pledged $4.4 billion for Africa-European Green Energy...

HighlightTrending StoryWorld News

Israeli-Gaza War: Is a Ground Invasion Imminent?

According to a 2017 research brief by the RAND corporation, Israel has...

BreakingTrending StoryWorldWorld News

Flash flood leaves at least 23 Indian Soldiers missing

Twenty-three Indian soldiers are missing after a powerful flash flood caused by...

HighlightTop StoryWorld News

Kevin McCarthy becomes first US Speaker to be impeached

Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday was removed from his job as speaker of...

BreakingHealthTop StoryWorldWorld News

Doctors discover bracelet and earphones among 150 objects inside man’s stomach

Doctors were in “shock” after removing earphones, a bracelet, nuts and bolts...

HighlightTrending StoryWorld News

Tech CEO Pava LaPere, 26, found dead in Baltimore apartment building; homicide investigation underway

Pava LaPere, 26-year-old CEO of software startup EcoMap Technologies wasn’t from Baltimore,...

HighlightTrending StoryWorld News

Tragedy as bride, groom, more than 100 others perish at wedding party fire

More than 100 people, including the bride and groom were killed and...

BreakingTop StoryWorldWorld News

Syria to UN : Return Occupied Golan Heights

Syria on Tuesday reaffirmed its right to completely regain control of the...

HighlightTrending StoryWorld News

Rwandan President Kagame to run for 2024 election, seeks tenure extension till 27 years

Rwanda President, Paul Kagame, has indicated interest to run for a fourth...

Top StoryTrending StoryWorldWorld News

Turkey cuts off electricity supply to Sierra Leone over $40m debt

Turkey’s Karpowership company has switched off electricity supply to Sierra Leone’s capital...

Top StoryTrending StoryWorld News

African Union joins world’s G-20 as Permanent Member

The African Union has become a Permanent Member of the G-20, comprising...

BreakingOil & GasTop StoryTrending StoryWorld News

Smuggled Iranian Oil Enroute To China Seized By The US

The U.S. authorities seized nearly 1 million barrels of Iranian oil that...

HighlightTrending StoryWorld News

After 11 days under house arrest, Gabon junta “frees” ousted President Ali Bongo

Gabon’s military coup leaders have freed the deposed President Ali Bongo and...

BreakingHighlightTop StoryWorld News

Mohamed Al-Fayed, the businessman who owned Harrods dies aged 94

The Egyptian born billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed has died in London at 94,...

Top StoryWorld News

Former US President Trump arrested, released at Fulton County jail in Georgia election case

Former US President Donald Trump surrendered to the State of Georgia’s authorities...

BreakingFootballSportsTrending StoryWorld News

National outrage as footage emerge of Vilda groping his female staff

Spain displayed high level of tactical discipline to manuever teams to win...

HighlightTrending StoryWorld News

Wagner chief, Prigozhin, dies in plane crash

Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was listed as a passenger on a...

BreakingFeaturedHighlightNewsWorld News

Niger’s ousted president is being denied food and electricity, says European Union

The European Union Friday said it had “deep concern” about the treatment...