Jonathan Mthethwa was trying to show his congregation how Jesus walked on water by crossing what is locally known as Crocodile River on foot, according to local reports.
However, he did not make it across the river in Zimbabwe.
The pastor, from the Saint of the Last Days church, managed to get around 90ft into the river, the paper reported, before trying to climb onto the surface of the river.
Eyewitness Deacon Nkosi told Zimbabwe Today: ‘The pastor taught us about faith on Sunday last week.
‘He promised he would demonstrate his faith to us today, but he unfortunately ended up drowning and getting eaten by three large crocodiles in front of us.
‘We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week. They finished him in a couple of minutes.
‘All that was left of him when they finished eating him is a pair of sandals and his underwear floating above the water.’
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I don't think this pastor failed from a lack of faith.
When Jesus walked on water, and Peter did too for a brief moment, it was on the Sea of Galilee, and I don't think there are any crocodiles in that body of water.