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Bishop Phillip Milton Davis (Image: Phillipdavis.org via WSOC)

WEDDINGTON, N.C. – A prominent North Carolina pastor died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest while cleaning his firearm at his home, according to officials.

WCNC reported that Bishop Phillip Milton Davis, the senior pastor at Nations Ford Community Church in Charlotte, has died. He was 62.

Authorities were reportedly called to his home at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Officials said his wife found his unconscious at his desk.

Davis was planning on going to the firing range and was cleaning his pistol during the accident, according to officials. He died after being shot in the chest.

Members of Nations Ford Community Church plan on holding a prayer vigil for Davis at the church at 7 p.m. Monday. Davis had preached there for more than 40 years.

“Bishop Davis was a prolific, focused man of vision as well as an effective leader who served God selflessly and touched countless lives,” the church said in a statement. “His teachings were profound and transformative.”