Tullian Tchividjian, who is a pastor for the megachurch Coral Ridge Presbyterian in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has resigned following the exposure of his affair outside marriage.
In his statement to the Washington Post, he said:
The Coral Ridge Leadership also posted a statement about the issue. On their website, they expressed sadness over the news of Tchividjian’s affair, but also said they’re assisting in his spiritual recovery.
“Several days ago, Pastor Tullian admitted to moral failure, acknowledging his actions disqualify him from continuing to serve as senior pastor or preach from the pulpit, and resigned – effective immediately.
We are saddened by this news, but are working with and assisting Pastor Tullian and his family to help them through this difficult time, and asking people to join us in praying that God will bring restoration through this process and healing to all involved.
The Leadership of Coral Ridge remain committed to promoting the transforming power of the Gospel. While we do not yet know whom God will direct to lead our congregation in the near future, we trust the Lord’s guidance during this transition period, knowing He is our hope.”
Tchividjian succeeded the late James Kennedy in 2009 as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge.
This is not the first controversy that surrounded him. When his church plant, New City, merged with Coral Ridge, a few of its members, including the daughter of Kennedy himself, petitioned for his removal. He was voted to remain by 38 votes; the other members left and started a new church in response to it.
Coral Ridge has 1,900 attendees, according to Hartford Institute for Religion Institute’s database.
Billy Graham, 96, is one of the most influential evangelical Christian evangelist of this era. He served as adviser to presidents like Lyndon Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Richard Nixon.
Tchividjian earlier posted this tweet, following his resignation.
Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death…thank God grace reigns here.
— Tullian Tchividjian (@PastorTullian) June 21, 2015