Pastor of large Knoxville church battles pneumonia

Pastor of large Knoxville church battles pneumonia, heart problems

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Dr. Steve Sallee (source: Cokesbury United Methodist Church) Dr. Steve Sallee (source: Cokesbury United Methodist Church)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The senior pastor of one of Knoxville's largest churches is battling serious complications from pneumonia.

Dr. Steve Sallee of Cokesbury United Methodist Church is receiving treatment in the cardiac care unit at Parkwest Hospital after suffering what church leaders say was a serious cardiac episode over the weekend.

Senior Associate Pastor Stephen Defur said in emails to congregation members that Sallee continues to fight what he called "an incredibly hard battle," and that these are uncertain times for Sallee's health.

Defur added that prayers are needed for their pastor and his family.

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