Local Pastor Calling For Massive In-Person Easter Service
A Washington County pastor has made national news because he says he plans to organize an outdoor “Woodstock-like” Easter service to protest the stay-at-home orders to prevent coronavirus. Conservative Christian pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth made the announcement on social media Tuesday. “I’m gonna announce it. We’re gonna hold an outdoor Easter blowout service. Not online. A national gathering. You come from all over, like Woodstock. And we’re gonna gather and lift up Jesus Christ,” Shuttlesworth says. His announcement comes following the arrests of several pastors in the U.S. for violating the stay-at-home orders. Shuttlesworth is a televangelist who co-founded Revival Today TV. Shuttlesworth did not announce where the gathering would be held. The only address listed for him is a post office box in Prosperity. Washington County Commission Chairperson Diana Irey-Vaughan tells WJPA news that she has alerted public safety officials and they are looking into the claims.