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From cop to preacher, how one SLC pastor is helping his church navigate the pandemic

Posted at 6:48 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 20:48:26-04

SALT LAKE CITY — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, churches across the state say they are seeing an increase in attendance.

“It’s a challenging time for Churches around the world,” said Reverend Doctor Oscar Moses.

Rev. Moses was born and raised in Chicago where he then served in law enforcement.

“I was placed in some of the most notorious housing developments in Chicago and needless to say, it picked up my prayer life,” said Rev. Moses.

The closer he came to God, the more Rev. Moses felt he should join another service.

In January of this year, Rev. Moses and his family began ministering here in Utah, at the Calvary Baptist Church.

“I did not expect all of this to happen so quickly with the COVID19 pandemic,” said Rev. Moses.

A sentiment shared by Pastor Scott Creps who’s been with the Alpine Church for 13 years.

“I remember when this started thinking, we’ll certainly be back together by Easter and we weren’t,” said Pastor Creps. “It was so weird to have Easter Sunday and not be at Church with everyone.”

Church online has shown an increase in attendance, said Pastor Creps, along with Bible studies through zoom meetings.

Changes, that may continue after the pandemic, though their message stays the same.

“God says in the Bible that He’s going to supply all of our needs and so we really trust him,” said Pastor Creps. “It’s a time for God to come through.”

For Rev. Moses, he trusts his congregation can stay spiritually connected, even though they are apart.

“This is the church’s finest hour,” said Rev. Moses. “Even in crisis, people are praying more.”

The Alpine Church will provide a mobile pantry for those in need on April 29th.