A measles outbreak has swept through a Texas megachurch whose pastor has previously voiced skepticism toward the measels vaccination, USA Today reported Sunday.
The outbreak has affected 15 people connected to Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, the result of a visit to the church by someone who had recently traveled to a country where measles is common.
The senior pastor there, Terri Pearsons, said in an Aug. 15 statement that while she still has misgivings about vaccinations — particularly when administered to children in families with a history of autism — she believes “children and even adults of all ages need to be immunized now to stop the spread of measles and prevent those potential complications.” Pearsons is the daughter of televangelist Kenneth Copeland.
An announcement on Eagle Mountain’s website provides information to parishoners on vaccination clinics and clarifies the Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ position on the matter.
“Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ position regarding dealing with any medical condition involving yourself or someone in your family is to first seek the wisdom of God, His Word, and appropriate medical attention from a professional that you know and trust,” the announcement said. “Apply wisdom and discernment in carrying out their recommendations for treatment. This would include: vaccinations, immunizations, surgeries, prescriptions, or any other medical procedures.”