Church members describe Pike Co. pastor who died after being hospitalized with COVID-19

Church members describe Pike Co. pastor who died after being hospitalized with COVID-19

PIKE CO., Ind. (WFIE) - A southern Indiana pastor has passed away after being hospitalized last month with COVID-19.

The 57-year-old Evansville husband and father spent about two decades at Cup Creek General Baptist Church in Velpen.

We are learning Pastor Jeff was known around the church for being welcoming and was adaptive with his sermons. We are told he never met a stranger and liked to cheer on the Chicago Cubs.

[Pastor Phillip Jeffrey Crowe’s Obituary]

“We were both sports fans; Jeff also liked to golf,” Cup Creek General Baptist Deacon Greg Stieneker recalled.

The Pike County pastor died Monday after being infected with the coronavirus in September.

“Constant smile and one of the most wonderful laughs,” Outreach Pastor Jon Hemmer described of Crowe.

Photos, which were sent to us by church members, show just how much Crow loved to sing and share messages through music.

“We need to understand that singing is a way for us to communicate with God,” we heard Pastor Jeff say during a previously recorded service.

Jeff was a U.S. Army veteran, enjoyed spending time with his family, and had a knack for helping people.

“He’s a big part of our family that is missing,” church member Julie Riesenbeck shared. “We can’t replace him, but we love him and his family so much. We won’t be the same, but we will carry his love and his message with us wherever we go.”

On Saturday, friends, family and members of the community gathered at Deaconess Gateway Hosptial to support Crowe.

Pastor Jeff also worked at Evansville’s Caze Elem.

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