BEAST (August 19, 2022)

A Member Found Her Pastor Unconscious Sunday Morning After Arriving To Church

A pastor was critically injured Sunday morning when he fell 10 feet to the ground while cleaning the gutters of Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Bohemia, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

The pastor, Meint Ploegman, 65, was found at about 10:55 a.m. by a congregant, who called 911. He was brought to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore in critical condition, according to a police news release.

Ploegman lives down the street from the church, which is at 906 Church St., the release said.

No one at the church could be reached Sunday for comment.

One church member, Emily Vaeth of Islip, who said she has known the pastor since she was a child, said in an interview: “He has a whole community behind him… We have a whole community praying for him. We’re praying that he comes out with a quick recovery and that he’s going to be healthy, and we’re praying for his family especially, but, you know, hopefully, everything works out.”

There are over 30,000 members in over 300 churches in the United States and Canada.

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