During Wednesday night Bible study, Creflo Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International in Georgia, addressed the congregation about the fatal shooting at his church. In his remarks, he thanked the members for their prayers.
According to reports, a former church employee, Floyd Palmer, 52, walked into an early morning Bible study at the College Park campus and shot a member, Greg McDowell, 39, point blank while he prayed.
Because of the shooting, the location of Wednesday night’s Bible study was changed. Pastor Dollar took to Twitter and Facebook to notify members of the new location.
Pastor Dollar wrote:
“World Changers – Thank you for your prayers and support. Please note Wednesday Night Bible Study will take place tonight in the Dome, NY and all Satellite Churches. Join us with your entire family at 7pm EST. Again, we WILL have service tonight in the Dome. God Bless You and we look forward to seeing you there.”
The pastor explained what happened when he first heard of the shooting:
“While I was in my morning briefing, I got a report that some shoots took place over here in the chapel. So we were concerned, naturally, and we dispersed and everyone went into action. And we discovered that one of our very faithful, loving, kind servant… a gentleman, who serves our ministry on Wednesdays and Fridays and opens the door for my mother and for many of you, walked in on Wednesday this morning and – as his duties are on every Wednesday, making sure things are in place – but this Wednesday, as another very dear friend of ours, an employee of the church, a friend of the ministry, was doing corporate prayer and, while he was praying, he was shot several times and fell dead as he was leading corporate prayer.”
Pastor Creflo added, “I guess many people say ‘what was that?’ because we work so hard to try to be prepared for the evil that comes from the outside in, and we work so hard to be prepared for the challenges that come from the outside in. But sometimes you have to be careful because you can be clipped by something from the inside, from behind. That’s what happened today.”
What the pastor said about the murdered man and his killer
Dollar called the murdered man “a man of faith, a man of God, a man who I have known for a long time,” adding “now he is absent from the Body and present with the Lord.”
Dollar called both men “precious brothers” and laid blame for the tragedy at the devil’s door, and referenced John 10:10 while calling the devil a “thief” who comes to steal, kill and destroy.
The minister vowed that the church would assist McDowell’s widow and children in every way.