Members of the New St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church of Detroit are begging God for a miraculous end to the coronavirus pandemic after their pastor, the Rev. Nathaniel Slappey Sr., and his son, Nathaniel Slappey Jr., died just days apart from the disease.
Slappey Sr., 80, died April 30, while his son, Slappey Jr., a girls basketball coach at Detroit Country Day School and a graphic artist and designer, died May 2 just days shy of his 50th birthday.
On May 1, the church announced the death of their pastor who served for 50 years, calling him a “true man of God.”
“Yesterday our pastor, Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Slappey, made his transition and is resting now, and for eternity, in the arms of Jesus. He was a true man of God and stood steadfast and unmovable on the Word. His love for New St. Luke MBC and all of its members will live on in our hearts and minds forever. We thank you, Pastor Slappey, for 50 years of unwavering love, faithfulness, and dedication in teaching us ‘thus saith the Lord…,’” their announcement on Facebook said.
The following day, May 2, when Slappey Jr. died, the grieving church publicly begged God to end the pandemic.
“Dear God, our hearts are heavy because there are so many sick and dying. Please bring this pandemic to an end. We need a miracle. Amen,” the prayer said.