people.com – By Juliet Pennington – The Aug. 7 wedding ceremony that violated Maine’s public health guidelines has now been linked to 176 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as seven deaths of people who did not attend the nuptials, according to state health officials.
The Sanford pastor who presided over the wedding remains defiant and is not requiring his congregants to wear masks. Todd Bell, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, recently told his congregation that “we’re not going to be ruled by fear,” according to an audio recording from one of his recent church services. “We’re going to be governed by faith. Can someone give me an amen?”