The late Rev. Eli Hernandez of Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo provided)
Reports have surfaced that Rev. Eli Hernandez, a Nevada pastor who preached at The Life Church of Glenview on March 15, died of complications from COVID-19 earlier this month.
His obituary describes the 60-year-old pastor as “a general among evangelists.”
A GoFundMe page set up by the Life Church of Anchorage, AK, says Hernandez died the evening of Friday, May 8, “after many weeks of hospitalization due to COVID-19 complications.” The GoFundMe has raised more than $105,000, all of which the page said would fund Hernandez’s “Revival in Progress” non-profit corporation.
After attending a church conference on March 12-13 at the Bartlett United Pentecostal Church where Hernandez preached, he also preached at a service attended by about 80 at The Life Church on Central Road in Glenview.
Reports said after the March 15 service, Hernandez returned to Nevada where he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized.
Gov. JB Pritzker issued his “stay-at-home” order March 20, which prevented public gatherings of more than 10 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Although not all those in attendance at the Glenview service were tested, Layna Showalter LoCascio, wife of Life Church pastor Anthony LoCascio, said on Facebook that 43 attendees of the March 15 worship service (at minimum) did test positive. That Facebook post was quickly taken down.
A Wheeling man who attended the March 15 service in Glenview and had other underlying health conditions also died from COVID-19.
The church stopped holding in-person services after March 15. Calls to Rev. LoCascio were not returned.