Fontana pastor dies days after contracting the coronavirus

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Members of a Fontana megachurch are mourning the loss of their pastor, just a week after he was hospitalized for COVID-19.

Bob Bryant, 58, a pastor at the Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, died Monday, Senior Pastor Dr. Dan Carroll confirmed in a Facebook post.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share Pastor Bob Bryant passed earlier today from this life and found himself fully in the presence of Jesus,” Carroll wrote. “So many of you have prayed and contended for his well-being and miraculous healing over the last week and a half.”

According to CBS Los Angeles, Bryant’s wife Lori, 57, posted a message November 24, announcing that both she and one of the couple’s sons had tested positive as well, both were asymptomatic. However, her husband’s health was failing fast.

“He has bilateral aggressive Covid pneumonia, suffered a silent heart attack and is having some kidney issues. They had to put him on a ventilator immediately. He is critical but stable tonight in the Covid ICU,” she wrote. “It really is the worst feeling to not be able to see your loved one in the hospital.”

Bryant leaves behind his wife and children Missy, Jacob, Jordan and Josh.

“We have four little grandchildren who adore him,” Lori Bryant wrote on social media.  “Bob was a wonderful husband but he was a stellar grandfather.”

Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Pastor Bob Bryant will be held on Monday, December 7th, at 2:00 p.m. at Water of Life Community Church in the Worship Center. The service will also be streamed live online.

The church reopened for indoor, socially-distanced services on Oct. 31.