David Ford, who pastored Friendship House of Prayer in Lansing, Michigan has died due to complications from COVID-19. He was 59.
Pastor Ford had recently shared his testimony about beating the deadly virus with Lansing Mayor Andy Schor.
“He was telling me he was on a ventilator, breathing fire, in bad shape and laying on ice, but he was able to come through it,” the mayor said. “He wanted to share his story so people will know what it was like to battle this virus and not lose faith.”
Bishop David Maxwell, a ministry colleague, told news station WILX that the late pastor had tested positive for the virus in late March and was admitted to the hospital for seven days. He started feeling better and was discharged to go home.
On Sunday, he preached from his home in what would be his final sermon.
His wife Cassandra wanted to leave those with a message her husband preached until the very end.
“God is always in control,” she shared with the outlet. “I’m devastated, but I know God is still in control and that is the only this I can hold on to.”
Pastor Ford leaves behind his wife, and 8 children.