Rodney Howard-Browne, Pastor of The River at Tampa Bay, was arrested and sent to jail for refusing orders to stop gatherings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Howard-Browne was charged with Assembly-Unlawful, Commit Breach of Peace by 3 or more persons and Health-Safety Violation. The bond was $250 for each charge according to public record from Hernando County, FL. Howard-Browne has been released on bond.
The River at Tampa Bay is a 4,000 member Mega Church in Tampa Bay, FL. Howard-Browne made it clear he would not close the doors to the church. He held service this past Sunday with several people not obeying the 6 foot social distancing rule which landed Howard-Browne behind bars.