The pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Virginia, United States, Bishop Gerald Glenn, has died after contracting the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

The church made the announcement via a Facebook post on Sunday.

According to CNN, in a sermon on March 22, a day before Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued his executive order banning all public and private gatherings of 10 people or more, Glenn told his congregation, “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus,” and announced he was not afraid to die.

On April 4, Glenn’s daughter posted a video, announcing that both he and his wife, Marcietia Glenn, had tested positive for the virus.

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The church’s post announcing the Bishop’s death, asked that others would allow the “First Family to grieve in their own way.”

“People of God: During this time of intense grief, we ask that you pray continually for the FIRST FAMILY of NDEC. While they are mourning the heartbreaking earthly absence of their family patriarch & spiritual father, they also have family members who are struggling to survive this dreaded pandemic.

“Whenever you pray & every time you pray, call out their names and the names of all who need healing & comfort,” the church said.