A south Texas pastor said he plans to carry a handgun when he preaches in the wake of the Sutherland Springs church massacre.

Pastor Jaime Chapa of El Faro Bible Church in Sullivan City, Texas said he will be armed when he preaches to his small congregation of 50, and so will a few of his parishioners. 

"There will be three armed [licensed] persons at all times at every service," Chapa told ABC affiliate KRGV. "Nobody needs to know who they are, but our church will be protected." 

Chapa said he made the decision after hearing about the attack at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Sunday morning, which left 26 people dead, including an unborn child, and at least 20 others injured.