FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale has resigned after confessing to cheating on his wife, according to WPLG Miami.
Pastor Bob Coy, 58, reportedly confessed a “moral failing which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church” to Calvary leaders on 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. The radio, television and digital media that distributes Coy’s teachings have also been suspended.
“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,” Calvary Chapel said in a statement.
Calvary is one of the largest churches in Florida, with some 20,000 members who worship in 10 locations across the state.
“Trusting in God’s providence, protection, provision and direction, the staff of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale will continue our mission to ‘make disciples’ through regular services at all campuses and through myriad other ministries the church has established over the years,” the statement said.
At an open service at the church Sunday, a letter was read to the congregation from Coy and the board.
Assistant pastors who are on staff will continue their usual rotating schedule as teaching pastors for all services, the statement said.