The senior pastor of Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale, Pastor Bob Coy has resigned from his position, after confessing to cheating on his wife, which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church.
Pastor Coy reportedly confessed to key leaders of the church that he cheated on his wife Wednesday. A board meeting was called the next day, when he resigned.
Coy, who has led the church since its founding in 1985, said he will now focus his full attention on his personal relationship with God and his family, Local 10 reports.
“The governing board of the church is providing counselors and ministers who will help guide him through the process of full repentance, cleansing and restoration,” a statement read.
Church members are reportedly saddened by the news. A churchgoer was brought to tears as she spoke to Local 10 about Coy’s resignation.
“I’m very sad, but, you know, we’re all sinners,” she said.
Assistant pastors who are on staff will continue their usual rotating schedule as teaching pastors for all services, a statement from the church said. The radio, television and digital media that distribute Coy’s teachings have also been suspended for the time being.
Coy’s resignation is effective immediately.
Calvary is one of the largest churches in Florida, with some 20,000 members who worship in 10 locations across the state.