1The Snake Salvation pastor who died from a snake bite
Coots had claimed that he needed the snakes for religious reasons and cited a passage in Mark's gospel which reads: "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Coots' son, also named Cody, said his father had been bitten eight times before but had never had such a severe reaction. He said the family thought he would recover as he had on previous occasions.
2The pastor who was killed by crocodiles while trying to walk on water
According to reports, Mthethwa had walked into the aptly named Crocodile River (that should have been a red flag) and was around 30 meters from the bank when the animals attacked.
Eyewitness Deacon Nkosi, a member of the Saint of the Last Days Church, was quoted as saying: “The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week. He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he, unfortunately, ended up drowning and getting eaten by three large crocodiles in front of us. We still don't understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week.They finished him in a couple of minutes. All that was left of him is a pair of sandals and his underwear floating above the water.” (Source)
3The pastor who dropped dead during his infidelity confession
The pastor, who was also a certified marriage and family therapist with a doctorate in ministry had celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Christine, a few months before. Together, they founded their present church.
Reportedly, the bishop did not decide to come clean to his congregants of his own fruition; instead, his wife insisted he confesses his shortcomings to the faithful after breaking the news to her. (Source)
4The pastor who died after 30 days of fasting in an attempt to beat Jesus' record
The 44-year-old pastor left home for a nearby bush to pray and fast as Jesus did. He died just after a month. He was alone in the wilderness, and his body was found by a stranger who then called the authorities. He was known by his family and community at large as a very spiritual person whose faith could move mountains, and his death surprised everyone, even church members. (Source)
5The pastor who was electrocuted while performing a baptism
6The pastor who dropped dead during a sermon after saying, “If the Lord calls me now, I'm ready”
Pastor Kenneth Green, 56, was preaching on the Book of Psalms in a sermon entitled "Down But Not Out" and made the ironic declaration shortly before collapsing, according to church member Joan Martin. (Source)
7The preacher who died at the pulpit after saying “And when I go to heaven...”
Several parishioners with medical backgrounds tried to revive Arnold and paramedics were called, but he died instantly. The cause of death was believed to be cardiac arrest. (Source)