Pastor beats COVID, returns to pulpit, but his Santa Rosa church remains unmasked

13 September 2021

“For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living!”

Ross Reinman called out that message to the congregation of Calvary Chapel The Rock, the Santa Rosa church he pastors, in his prayer to start off the 9:30 a.m. service last Sunday.

Reinman put particular emphasis on “land of the living,” and his words were greeted with thunderous applause and whoops of joy.

Pretty much everyone in attendance at The Rock knew Reinman had come perilously close to exiting the land of the living. As the pastor went on to recount in his “pre-sermon,” as his opening remarks are known, he had spent two weeks in a hospital ICU, stricken with a serious bout of COVID-19, then had labored through another month and a half of slow recovery.

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