Church organization issues correction in pastor’s death

The New York Conference of the United Methodist Church says it incorrectly stated Rev. Amanda Iahn’s possible cause of death as COVID-19.

Church organization issues correction in pastor’s death
Mandy Iahn, 41, passed away over the weekend. (Source: New York Conference of the United Methodist Church)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The New York Conference of the United Methodist Church has issued a correction following the sudden death of a pastor in Wilmington.

Rev. Amanda (Mandy) Iahn, pastor of Oleander United Methodist Church, died only hours after one of her final sermons was posted on Facebook.

The New York Conference of United Methodist Church, where Rev. Iahn was ordained, released a newsletter on March 29 stating she was suspected to have died due to COVID-19. But Friday afternoon, the organization sent a statement to WECT, correcting the earlier release.

In the statement, the organization now says: “In our announcement earlier this week regarding the passing of Reverend Amanda (Mandy) Iahn, we incorrectly stated Rev. Iahn’s possible cause of death as COVID-19. This information was not corroborated on our end and has since been confirmed as inaccurate by Rev. Iahn’s family. We apologize to anyone -- particularly Rev. Iahn’s family -- that has been adversely impacted by the release of this incorrect information. We are deeply sorry and continue to send prayers of comfort for the family."

Iahn had been preaching via social media after gatherings of more than 50, and then 10 people were discontinued by state and local stay at home orders. She was ordained as an elder in the UMC in 2010, and had served at various New York churches before moving to Wilmington.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story said that a family member of Iahn’s said she was ill and was tested for the coronavirus. The family member now says Iahn was tested for a cold.

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