The pastor of a church in Bridgeport, Conn., who told his congregation that he had an affair died shortly after making the confession.
Bishop Bobby Davis, pastor of the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church, was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital on Sunday.
Davis, with his wife Christine, founded the church in 1967. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June.
“The bishop’s family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened long ago,” congregation member Judy Stovall told the Connecticut Post. “He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness.”
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Police spokesman William Kaempffer said Thursday afternoon that detectives have closed their investigation into Davis’ death, the Post reported.
“Detectives interviewed people who were in the church and viewed a video taken by someone who was in the church,” Kaempffer was quoted as saying. “There was no indication of foul play.”
Members of the church were very vocal following Davis’ confession, but their response was supportive, Stovall said.
“We were shouting, ‘We forgive you, we love you,’” she said. “But the stress of all of it — he had a heart attack. I held his head as he lay on the floor. Our congregation is hurting now.”
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According to the church website, Davis’ wife Christine “has worked alongside her husband for over forty-five years, teaching the Word of God … She is a dynamic teacher whose style and wisdom compliments that of her husband to the extent that they almost always minister together in some capacity.”
The couple, of Monroe, have six children and eight grandchildren.