Son Matt Lovejoy, 34, a Murfreesboro Police officer, suffered a cardiac arrest last Saturday at his home. Forty minutes passed before his heart began beating again.
"During that time, he had insufficient oxygen to the brain, which has caused a vegetative state," the Rev. Church said.
Murfreesboro Police and firefighters and paramedics treated him before rushing him to Middle Tennessee Medical Center. LifeFlight helicopter flew him to St. Thomas Medical Center in Nashville. He was scheduled to receive a trachea and feeding tube while doctors monitor his progress.
"We ask just that people continue to pray," she said. "It's going to take a miracle."
Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said the department "covets your prayers and support for Officer Lovejoy and his family during this difficult time and for all of our police family."
Lovejoy joined the police department in 1997. He and K-9 partner, Murf, visit with school children and at St. Clair Senior Center. Murf visited at the hospital.
Sgt. Cary Gensemer, who supervises Lovejoy, said he is thoughtful.
Lovejoy gives his own money to help people down on their luck.
"There was a homeless couple Matt developed a bond with," Gensemer said. "He got pizzas for the couple who lived in a box."
Rev. Church stays at the medical center with Lovejoy's father, Steve, brother, Ryan, stepfathers Curtis Church and Fred Hembree, and police officers. The family thanked everyone who has helped.
People who want to help the family with expenses may donate to the Matt Lovejoy account at any Mid-South Bank.
Both Ryan Lovejoy and his mother asked for unified prayers.
"If anyone has a miracle in their pocket, we need one," Rev. Church said.
Lisa Marchesoni may be reached at 869-0814 or at email@example.com.