Evangelist Greg Laurie tests positive for Covid


By Mark Ellis —

Noted pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie, 67, of Harvest Christian Fellowship tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the Sept. 26th Prayer March on the National Mall with Vice President Mike Pence and evangelist Franklin Graham.

Laurie also attended a White House Rose Garden ceremony that introduced Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as President Trump’s selection to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18th.

Critics of both events labeled them “superspreaders” of Covid-19.

In an October 5th Facebook post, Laurie noted that he tested positive Friday. He said he and his wife, Cathe, are in quarantine, and the rest of his family tested negative.

“My symptoms have been mild so far, and I expect to make a full recovery. I have always taken the Coronavirus seriously, and it has tragically taken many lives,” Laurie stated. “At a time like this, we need to pray for those that have it and avoid politicizing it. If our President and First Lady can get COVID-19, clearly anyone can. I chose to first tell those I was directly in touch with and the congregation I pastor. Thank you for your concern and prayers. I hope to see you all soon.”

At the Sept. 26th Prayer March, Laurie gave a sermon to thousands of attendees, asking them to join him in prayer to “heal our land.”

Laurie serves as senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside; Harvest Corona in Corona; Harvest Woodcrest in Riverside; Harvest at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii; and Harvest Orange County in Irvine. He lives in Newport Beach.

The Harvest church has not released any public statements about Laurie’s current medical condition.