Pastor suffers fatal heart attack after confession

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Pastor dies during “confession”

By Daniel Tepfer |

BobbyDavisBRIDGEPORT — A congregation loudly confronted its longtime pastor about his alleged infidelity — 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 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. “I held his head as he lay on the floor,” she said, her voice cracking with emotion. “Our congregation is hurting now.”

The cause of death is pending further review, according to the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

Police spokesman William Kaempffer would only confirm that a detective has been assigned to the case. “The circumstances are under investigation,” he said.

Stovall conceded that the shouts from the congregants did get loud. A woman, who wouldn’t give her name, said she had been outside the church at the time and heard yelling coming from inside, but didn’t know what was being said.

Davis founded the church with his wife, Christine. The couple, of Monroe, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June.

According to a church biography, the couple initially held prayer meetings in the home of Christine Davis’ mother in Stamford. In 1987 they moved to the Harriet Street building and in 1998 they opened a new church facility at 754 Main St. in Monroe.

That building is no longer in use for church services, parishioners said.

Bishop Davis graduated from the Vision Christian College of Ramona, Calif., with a doctorate degree in ministry and a master’s degree in theological studies. He was is a certified marriage and family therapist.



8 Comments on “Pastor suffers fatal heart attack after confession”

  1. This is truly sad – but I just wanted to add that a lot of these articles aren’t providing a true back drop:

    The pastor admitted his fidelity to his wife before service.
    The wife is upset – tells the congregation and calls a meeting after service (the pastor doesn’t know about it).
    The pastor’s family confronts him before the congregation (the pastor walks in on the confrontation).
    The pastor’s family attacks him..

  2. May the Lord help you all in your time of grief. Keep trusting and believing God. He knows what he is doing. This goes to show that we all are accountable for our past present and future sins and/or mistakes. We should always keep the mind of Christ so that me may have a repentive heart. You never know when your time maybe. Will you have time to repent?

  3. I’ve read different versions of this story and one stated that a witness withing the church said that he confessed to the congregation because his wife pressed him to once she became aware of the infidelity. Maybe the whole truth isn’t being seen with this version. All I know is that God isn’t to be played with; maybe this will cause individuals to see the seriousness of ‘playing with God’!!!

  4. The real church is the human body. God is coming back for a spotless church spotless people. God don’t live in buildings built by the hands of man. What your seeing is religion. Which was spoke about by John in revelations. The great mother whore the false bride that sits on many waters. Drunk with the blood of the saints. God tells people to come out of her. Be led by God alone and do his will have nothing to do with churchanity. The delusion is so strong it will fool the elect if they never had Gods word in them which is his, voice and spirit

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