The pastor made no reference to his son specifically, or the alleged girlfriend hoax, during the service.
At the conclusion of the service, he said -- fighting back tears -- "I want to thank all of my church family, my cousins, those who are here: I love you."
Afterward, Peter Navy Tuiasosopo told CNN that Ronaiah "is holding up well."
"I know he doesn't feel his best, but he definitely feels like ... this family is there for him," said Peter Navy Tuiasosopo, who is an actor. "And if not for this young man and his strength and family with God, he would have done something stupid."