Pike County pastor dies from COVID-19

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PIKE COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Members of Cup Creek General Baptist Church are coming together grieving the loss of one of their own. Pastor Jeff Crowe passed away Monday after his battle with COVID-19.

“This church will survive, this church will go on, there are mighty big shoes to fill, the ministry team here will carry on and Cup Creek will always be here, but there will always be a memory of Jeff Crowe here,” Cup Creek General Baptist Church Outreach Pastor Jon Hemmer said. 

Hemmer says Pastor Crowe was his mentor for many years.

“Jeff Crowe was love, Jeff Crowe was a friend to everybody, he didn’t know a stranger, he had the world’s greatest laugh,” Hemmer said. 

Saturday night, church members came together at Deaconess Gateway Hospital to offer support to the family. Members held signs and stood shoulder to shoulder with songs, prayer, and a candlelight vigil for Crowe and his family. Crowe originally tested positive in late September and has been hospitalized since.

Crowe’s longtime friends say at the end of the day even through all of the grief – this was a win – win for the longtime pastor.

“Hey he’s better, he is up in heaven, he is free from the  COVID, and that’s the way we can put it, no more pain, he’s got a new body and yeah it’s hard for us because he’s not here but he is joyful now,” said Cup Creek’s Assistant Pastor Rich Russell. 

COVID-19 is hitting his Pike County family and church community too close to home.

Crowe had been in the hospital since September 28th. He was 57 years old.

“In Philippians 4:13, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and that’s always the thing he told people in Philippians, I can anything through Christ and that’s what I got from him,” Russell said.

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(This story was originally published on October 26, 2020)

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