Nashville Christian School Holds Prayer Vigil for Victims of Church Shooting

Joey Spann (Courtesy: Nashville Christian School)

Staff and students at Nashville Christian School gathered Sunday night to hold a prayer vigil for the victims of the Antioch church shooting.

Police say Emanuel Kidega Samson shot and killed a woman in the parking lot of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ as the church dismissed at 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Samson then allegedly went inside and wounded six more people.

The church’s minister, Joey Spann, was critically injured in the shooting. He is also a Bible teacher and girls assistant basketball coach at Nashville Christian School.

He and his wife, Peggy Spann, are both being treated for their injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Since the Nashville Christian School community couldn’t be there to help, they gathered together to pray.

Joey Spann has a storied past with other Christian schools, previously teaching at Goodpasture Christian School and Ezell-Harding Christian School.

In 2015, he told the student newspaper his favorite Bible verse was, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” He said he chose this verse because it reminded him of the victory in Christ and how everyone should be thankful for Him.

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SOURCE: WSMV, Kara Apel and Alanna Autler