Texas Pastor Vickey Gibbs Dies from COVID-19 a Month after Her Last Sermon about the Virus
Vickey Gibbs, a reverend, LGBTQ, and anti-racism activist, recently passed away five days after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Over a month after delivering a sermon about pressing issues including racial discriminations, lack of coronavirus testing, and the impact the pandemic had in Texas, Rev. Vickey Gibbs passed away.
The 57-year-old pastor succumbed to the virus and died five days after testing positive. She previously suffered from lupus and outlived her expected life span.
Glenn had a sermon about the coronavirus, encouraging his audience to stay safe and observe social distancing a few days before his death.
REMEMBERING PASTOR GIBBS
According to her wife, Cassandra White, Gibbs fought for justice for those oppressed including men and women of color, through active participation in marches and events.
Gibbs, who was ordained in 2014, worked at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church for decades and transitioned into her role as pastor in 2015.
VIDEO: People stand in the rain on Sunday as they mourn the death of George Floyd during a candlelight vigil at the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston, Texas pic.twitter.com/tMkqCb2knL— AFP News Agency (@AFP) June 1, 2020
She was loved and looked up to by the community that created a Facebook group where they shared memories with the departed, following her death.
A LIFE OF ADVOCACY
Gibbs was born and raised in Texas on December 1, 1962. Growing up, she was known to be a diligent child who would finish schoolwork ahead of her peers.
In 1981, at the age of 18, she joined the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church which was known to cater to the marginalized LGBTQ Christians.
She later finished her master’s of divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, California before returning to her congregation.
Rev. Vickey Gibbs, a progressive pastor, died of pneumonia caused by the coronavirus. She was 57. Her death came five days after she had tested positive, her wife Cassandra White says. https://t.co/LxyrXc0wB7— CNN (@CNN) July 18, 2020
ANOTHER LIFE LOST DUE TO THE PANDEMIC
Another kind soul was lost in April after Bishop Gerald Glenn died from the coronavirus on the eve of Easter Sunday.
Glenn had a sermon about the coronavirus encouraging his audience to stay safe and observe social distancing a few days before his death.
My heart sinks as I learn this morning that Bishop Gerald Glenn, pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, died yesterday from COVID-19. He was a friend and pillar of Richmond faith community. May all do as much for so many.— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) April 12, 2020
“I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus,” he said. Glenn’s wife, Marcietia Glenn was also diagnosed with the fatal illness.
Glenn founded and led the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield. He was also the first Black chaplain of his police department.
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