Evangelical pastor Jentezen Franklin, a Ga-based televangelist whose fellowship contains 7 mega-church campuses, has tested beneficial for the coronavirus — about a 7 days after a White House Xmas bash.

The news was produced community when Franklin did not demonstrate up for church on Sunday at the No cost Chapel in Gainesville. His colleague, Pastor Javon Ruff, broke the news to their congregation.

“We want to make you knowledgeable that pastor Franklin has occur in contact with COVID, but he is doing flawlessly wonderful,” explained Ruff, according to area media experiences.

“He actually is carrying out terrific. He went and acquired tested and his examination came again positive so he is carrying out the suitable factor to do and keeping quarantined and continuing to be distanced,” Ruff ongoing. Movie footage of that day’s service reportedly reveals at least 100 churchgoers, several unmasked, the Impartial documented.

“We’ll keep on to pray and carry him up,” Ruff mentioned in his assertion, which involved the information that the Free of charge Chapel’s Xmas Eve company will go on virtually this calendar year, “out of an abundance of warning.”

Franklin’s fellowship boasts five homes of worship throughout Ga, in Gainesville, Gwinnett, Braselton, Cumming and Atlanta, furthermore 1 in Spartanburg, South Carolina and one more in Orange County, California — every of which is led by a distinctive minister and retains among 1,200-3,000 seats. His sermons are also broadcast on tv and online, wherever the No cost Chapel has a following of extra than 229,000 on Facebook and about 18 million views on their YouTube channel.

On Dec. 15, Franklin shared illustrations or photos from the White Home on Instagram with his 717,000 followers.

“Thank you @flotus and @realdonaldtrump for inviting us. It was magnificent! Merry Christmas absolutely everyone!,” he captioned the submit.

President Trump has hosted various Christmas functions this thirty day period, and it’s not identified if he was at the one Franklin and his daughter attended. 

Ruff reportedly told the Totally free Chapel congregation that Franklin examined beneficial for COVID-19 immediately after coming into make contact with with an contaminated member of the church.

Whilst there is no proof to demonstrate Franklin contracted the coronavirus at the Christmas social gathering, a former collecting at the White House Rose Garden in late September is imagined to have induced an outbreak among the dozens of administration staffers.

“We experienced a tremendous spreader occasion in the White Residence and it was in a problem the place individuals had been crowded together, were being not wearing masks. So the knowledge converse for by themselves,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CBS Information at the time.

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