Pastor Bobby Davis was loyal to his Miracle Faith World Outreach Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which he founded and where he’d served for 47 years. A certified marriage therapist, David had been married for 50. Last Sunday, he unburdened himself, telling his flock that he had committed infidelity. Shouting ensued, so loud that it could be heard outside the church. Then, Davis collapsed, never to wake up.
A congregation loudly confronted its long-time pastor about his alleged infidelity during a service — and in the midst of their yelling the pastor dropped dead.
That’s what happened Sunday at the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church, according to members of the congregation and police sources. Bishop Bobby Davis, pastor of the Harriet Street Church since its founding in 1967, was later pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital.
“After the service on Sunday the bishop’s family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened long ago,” said Judy Stovall, an elder at the church. “He wanted to come clean with all of us, he wanted to ask our forgiveness.” Members of the congregation were very vocal with Davis just before he passed out, but they were shouting support for him, Stovall said.
“We were shouting, ‘We forgive you, we love you,’ but the stress of all of it — he had a heart attack,” Stovall said.
The medical examiner says the cause of death is “pending further review.” A police detective has been assigned to investigate.
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