Known for his powerful preaching, Pastor Bob Coy who has led Calvary Chapel Church in Fort Lauderdale for 30 years, abruptly resigned over what’s being called a “moral failure.”
The resignation was announced at a special church meeting on Sunday.
At the church’s regular mid-week service on Wednesday, churchgoers packed the place, in a show of solidarity.
“For us, we pick up and we move on,” said longtime churchgoer Monte Scott.
She added that the church is bigger than one person and that they are praying for Coy.
“We want him to find forgiveness,” she said. “We want him to find redemption. We want him to get his life back to some sort of normalcy. Will it be here? Probably not.”
The church released a statement on Sunday that reads in part, “Bob Coy resigned as Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life…Pastor Bob will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship with God and his family. 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.”
While many members of the congregation are not condemning Pastor Bob, they don’t know what will happen next.
Joseph Lafontaine who has been a Calvary Chapel member on and off for seven years was at the Church on Sunday and recorded the announcement.
“The crowd was very quiet. It was very cold-ish feeling,” said Lafontaine.
“I am not surprised,” he continued. Lafontaine tells CBS4 he has had suspicions on how the church operates for many years.
“There should have been more accountability at Calvary Chapel,” he says. “Pastor Bob shouldn’t have been put on such a high pedestal and he should have never had so much power. Whenever there is that, it’s a formula for disaster.”
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SOURCE: CBS Miami