Pastor Richard Wezik greets members of First Baptist Church during a worship service in 2009. Photo by Andrea Ordonez.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.—Richard Wezik, pastor of First Baptist Church, died April 6 from COVID-19. He had ministered at the church for 30 years. “He was such a vibrant, fun, loving man of God,” says Barbara Brown Simms, a member of First Baptist Church. “I loved his dry sense of humor and his infectious giggle.”

Richard is survived by his wife, Lisa, and their children, Justin, Brendan, Evan, and Gianna.