Baltimore Pastor Bishop Jerome Stokes Attacked With Hammer During Sunday Service

‘We Thank God That Dr. Stokes Is Okay’

In a statement posted to its Facebook page, the Baltimore church addresses the violent interruption of “our corporate worship experience.” It notes: “We thank God that Dr. Stokes is okay and recovering with only minor injuries. We appreciate the quick response of those parishioners who apprehended the individual. The safety of all who come to worship at CRL is of paramount importance; and our team is reviewing Sunday’s incident and assessing our safety protocols.”

The church concludes by saying it is cooperating with the police investigation and encourages people to pray “for everyone impacted by Sunday’s incident.”

Stokes has served for 35 years at the church, where he is both senior pastor and CEO. He also is an author and broadcasts through The Lamp of Victory radio program.

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