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Congregants are left reeling after their pastor suddenly died inside his church. Investigators are working to determine what happened

A prominent Irvington, NJ pastor was found dead inside his church by a family member.

Rev. Ron Christian’s death is being investigated, but so far, no foul play is suspected said the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The leader of Christian Love Baptist Church, who was discovered lifeless Friday morning, is highly regarded by those who knew and loved him.

“He’s an awesome man of God. He’s not just a man who touched lives in Irvington, or Newark, or New Jersey, or America, but he touched lives around the world,” Rev. Alfreddy Fletcher, the assistant pastor, told abc7NY.

“It’s going to be difficult to move on,” Fletcher said. “But he wouldn’t want us to stop spreading the message.

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