Mark Wolford, a Pentecostal pastor in West Virginia, was known for leading a church that speaks in tongues and handles snakes. In November last year he told the Washington Post, “Anybody can do it that believes it.”
Looks like that’s not quite true. On Sunday while leading a service, Wolford was bitten by one of his snakes and died.
About 30 minutes into the service, his sister said, Wolford passed a yellow timber rattlesnake to a church member and his mother.
“He laid it on the ground,” she said, “and he sat down next to the snake, and it bit him on the thigh.”
Of note: Wolford’s father was also a snake handler and also died of a snake bite in 1983. Is there something in the water?