Mississippi Church Returns to Online Services After Pastor Dies from Coronavirus and Several Members Test Positive

Leadership at Biloxi River Baptist Church decided to revert back to online church services after several members tested positive for COVID, including their longtime pastor who died from the virus. (Source: WLOX)

A Biloxi church has returned to virtual services after several members of the congregation tested positive for coronavirus, including the church’s long-time pastor, who died.

Leadership at Biloxi River Baptist Church decided to revert back to online church services after several in the congregation tested positive for COVID-19.

“The coronavirus is very real. We took precautions, we opened up about the same time everyone else did, around May 31,” said youth pastor Josh McDaniel. “Took precautions, still socially distanced ourselves, and it got worse. We started having people diagnosed with it. So we went back to virtual.”

Less than a week ago, the church’s longtime pastor Bro. Allen Smith succumbed after being diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month.

Bro. Allen Smith died from COVID-19 after being diagnosed with the virus earlier this month. (Source: Riemann Funeral Home)

McDaniel says the pastor’s death hit the congregation hard. Bro. Allen had served as the church’s lead pastor since the 1980s.

“We are all heartbroken. We will for sure miss his guidance and his leadership, but one thing we know is he is in glory right now with his Savior so we are thankful for that,” McDaniel said.

Another church member, Bro. Bob Tapper is currently on a ventilator battling COVID-19 at the VA Hospital. Tapper’s wife, Lou, was able to recover at home.

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SOURCE: WLBT3, Alison Spann