Greensboro pastor has died of COVID. Now his spouse is making a means for others to get vaccinated. | Native
“Unfortunately I will forever ask myself: If he had taken the vaccine, would he have been 43 years old?” She said.
New Life Ministries’ upcoming clinic will be part of more than a dozen community-based clinics over the next few weeks. Organizations such as churches and nonprofits can arrange clinics with the local health department. Keeping clinics in these settings makes a difference when it comes to attracting people, said Kenya Smith Godette, a spokeswoman for the Guilford County’s Department of Health.
“Through research, we found that for some groups, whether in rural areas or in minority communities, it’s just that factor of trust,” said Godette.
Miracle hopes so.
Kermit attended NC A&T in the early 2000s after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in science from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. At A&T, he earned a Masters in Food and Nutrition Science. He later earned a master’s degree in pastoral preaching from Liberty University.
He was Operations Supervisor at Post Consumer Brands.
“Kermit was kind, gentle, jovial, loving and wanted the best for everyone,” said his wife.
While searching for a church at A&T in the late 1990s, he opened the Yellow Pages and found New Life Ministries, where he had the opportunity to teach Bible studies and sermons. As a teenager in Florida, where he led youth services in his church, he had felt a calling to serve. In Greensboro, he was ordained an elder with New Life Ministries in 2010, where he led the education and men’s ministries. He was also selected and served on the advisory board. In 2014 he was asked to lead the church.