No foul play in pastor’s death in “confession”

The Bridgeport pastor who dropped dead as his congregation loudly confronted him about his alleged infidelity died of natural causes.

Police detectives have closed their investigation into the death Sunday of Bishop Bobby Davis at the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church on Harriet Street, spokesman William Kaempffer said Thursday afternoon.

“Detectives interviewed people who were in the church and viewed a video taken by someone who was in the church,” Kaempffer said. “There was no indication of foul play.”

Davis, pastor of the church since its founding in 1967, was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital.

Members of the congregation were very vocal with Davis just before he passed out, but they were shouting support for him, elder Judy Stovall said.

“We were shouting, `We forgive you, we love you,’ but the stress of all of it — he had a heart attack,” Stovall said. “I held his head as he lay on the floor,” she said, her voice cracking with emotion. “Our congregation is hurting now.”

The cause of death is pending further study, a staff member of the Office of the State Medical Examiner said.

Stovall conceded that the shouts from the congregants did get loud. But an issue for police was whether a physical confrontation triggered the medical event. The video showed that no one had struck Davis.

Davis founded the church with his wife, Christine. The couple, of Monroe, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June.

Read reporter Dan Tepfer’s story in the Connecticut Post here.


Frank Juliano