Local Pastors Stand With Healthcare Workers and Kent County Community

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(GRAND RAPIDS, MI) - In response to catastrophic capacity shortages in hospitals and health systems across the state, local churches across Grand Rapids and Kent County will further limit in person gatherings beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Participating churches will discontinue large gatherings such as worship services, weddings, and meetings of more than five individuals until Dec. 8.

"Pastors have been moved by the pleas of front-line healthcare workers, as well as the ongoing suffering and loss of life of Kent County residents as a result of this virus," said Rev. Khary Bridgewater on behalf of the Kent County COVID-19 Church Task Force. "Our physicians and nurses are risking their lives, working double shifts, suffering through physical, mental, and emotional hardship to care for patients. We want to give them a fighting chance."

According to Dr. Darryl Elmouchi, the president of Spectrum Health West Michigan, the region is at a critical point. "In the spring we were able to flatten the curve but now we are at a much higher point," Elmouchi said. "I was recently asked if we were standing on top of a second peak but I am worried we are standing at the base of a mountain."

"Our goal is to stand with our front-line medical workers and public health officials," said Rev. Joe Jones, Grand Rapids 2nd Ward City Commissioner. "We need to do this for the brave men and women who provide life-saving health care, and we need to do this to ensure there is adequate hospital capacity to serve anyone who needs care for cancer, a heart attack, or any number of medical crises. This pandemic is having a devastating impact on our beloved community and the virus does not discriminate. It's affecting all, regardless of zip code, race, socioeconomic status or age."

The Kent County COVID-19 Church Task Force has met weekly with leaders from the Kent County Health Department since the first documented case of COVID-19 in March. Since then, Task Force leaders have worked with the health department to reduce the transmission rate of COVID-19 in all segments of the community, preventing disparities prevalent in other geographic areas.

Participating churches will continue to serve members and the public through online worship sessions. In addition, by Dec. 1, select churches will begin administering wellness checks in their congregations and communities via phone, text and digital platforms.

"Worshipping in community takes many forms," said Rev. Nathaniel Moody, pastor of Brown Hutcherson Ministries and Grand Rapids 3rd Ward City Commissioner. "Loving one another - caring for others - this is the primary call of the Gospel. Our deeds, not our words, are the greatest evidence of our faith. Today, staying safely at home is a stronger statement of faith. May God bring peace, healing and restoration to the land."

The Church Task Force encourages residents to limit gatherings to members of their immediate household, wear masks in public, practice good hygiene, and continue social distancing to reduce COVID-19 transmission and save lives in our community.

1. Rev. Nathaniel Moody (Co-chair Kent County COVID-19 Church Task Force) – Brown Hutcherson Ministries

2. Rev. Miguel A. Toro (Co-chair Kent County COVID-19 Church Task Force) – Iglesia de Cristo Misionera

3. Rev. Jeff Manion (Co-chair Kent County COVID-19 Church Task Force) – Ada Bible Church

4. Rev. Miguel Abreu – Iglesia de Cristo Misionera

5. Rev. Carlos Aranguiz – Iglesia Belem Grand Rapids

6. Rev. Joy Bonnema – Madison Square Church (North Campus)

7. Rev. Perfecto Brown – The New Breed Church

8. Rev. Suzan Brown – The New Breed Church

9. Rev. Dr. Ron Carter – King's Bible Church

10. Rev. Kevin Crisostomo – Iglesia Cristo Misionera

11. Rev. Robert Dean – New Life COGIC

12. Rev. Darrell Delaney – Madison Square Church (Square Campus)

13. Rev. Dr. Howard C. Earle, Jr. – New Hope Baptist Church

14. Rev. Troy A. Evans – The EDGE Urban Fellowship

15. Rev. Juan F. Flores – Belen Casa del Pan

16. Rev. Dr. Eula C. Gaddis, Jr. – Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church

17. Rev. Dr. Willie A. Gholston II – First Community AME Church

18. Rev. Adam Green – New Dimensions Victory Center Church of God in Christ

19. Rev. Dwight Gutridge - St. Luke AME Zion

20. Rev. Julian Guzman – Iglesia Vida Plena

21. Rev. Dr. Timothy Mark Harris – Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church

22. Rev. Severino Hernandez – Iglesia Fuente de Vida

23. Rev. Dr. Kenneth W. Hoskins – Alpha Omega Ministries COGIC

24. Rev. Michelle Jackson – Church Builders Bible Training Center

25. Rev. Jay Jones – The Pentecostals of Kentwood

26. Rev. Joe Jones – Brown Hutcherson Ministries

27. Rev. Dr. Kizombo L. Kalumbula, Jr. – Tabernacle Community Church

28. Rev. Brad Knetsch – Madison Square Church (Franklin Campus)

29. Rev. Dallas Lenear – Journey Church Grand Rapids

30. Rev. Thea Leunk – Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church

31. Rev. Nygil B. Likely – Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

32. Rev. Artie M. Lindsay, Sr. – Tabernacle Community Church

33. Rev. Marcus Little – Berean Baptist Church

34. Rev. Ernestine Lockett – Bread of the World Church

35. Rev. Deborah McCreary – Eastminster Presbyterian Church

36. Rev. Sandra McGlothin – Women of Faith Ministries

37. Bishop Dennis McMurray – Renaissance Church of God in Christ

38. Rev. Jorge Morales – Iglesia Casa de Oración

39. Rev. John Mondi – African Community Fellowship

40. Rev. Daniel Oglesby – Living Word Christian Center

41. Rev. Carl A. Pace, Jr. – True Light Baptist Church

42. Rev. Daniel Parker – Kingdom Life Ministries

43. Rev. M. Wayne Peters – 4 Fires Ministries

44. Rev. J.R. Pittman – Ignite Fellowship Church

45. Rev. Anna Radcliffe – City Chapel Grand Rapids

46. Rev. Ron Radcliffe – City Chapel Grand Rapids

47. Rev. David Reynoso – Iglesia Sanando las Naciones

48. Rev. Isaura Rivas – Mt. Zion Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Church

49. Rev. José Luis Rivas – Iglesia Cada de mi Padre

50. Rev. Jose Riveron - Iglesia Bautista Reconciliacíon

51. Rev. Leatha Roberts – Changing Point Church

52. Rev. Robert Roberts – Changing Point Church

53. Rev. Charlie Selmon, Jr. – Wellspring Church of Grand Rapids

54. Rev. Raycheen Sims – Dream Builders International Church

55. Rev. Robert Sims – Dream Builders International Church

56. Rev. Dr. James C. Stokes – New Life Tabernacle COGIC

57. Rev. Leroy Tolbert – Macedonia Baptist Church

58. Rev. Robert Trice – Relevant Church Grand Rapids

59. Rev. Willie E. Waver II – No Greater Love Ministries

60. Rev. Theda Fields White – Pinnacle Crest Ministries

61. Rev. Tim Wilson – South Harbor Church
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