Guest Preachers to Lead Services at Coral Ridge Until Church Finds a Replacement

Tullian Tchividjian
Tullian Tchividjian

Another prominent minister toppled in Fort Lauderdale this weekend, as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church agreed to resign following revelations of an extramarital affair.

Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham, said he was “heartbroken and devastated” to learn that his wife Kim had been having an affair and said he “sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself,” according to a statement he gave to the Washington Post.

His resignation comes a year after the departure of Pastor Bob Coy, founder of Calvary Chapel, one of the largest megachurches in the United States. In an address to the congregation in 2014, another pastor explained that Coy had “committed adultery” and “committed sexual immorality, habitually, through pornography.”

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, whose dramatic 300-foot steeple towers over North Federal Highway, is one of the best-known churches in South Florida, largely because of the prominence of its late senior pastor, D. James Kennedy as an opponent of gay rights, the teaching of evolution and other issues of concern to religious conservatives. The church released this statement:

“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 couple’s house, which they share with their three children, stands on a quiet street in Pompano Beach between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, with a basketball hoop and a silver Toyota sedan in the driveway.

Kim Tchividjian answered the door, holding a long-haired Dachshund.

“I’m here with my kids,” she said. “We won’t be doing any interviews.”

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SOURCE: Sun-Sentinel
David Fleshler and Linda Trischitta

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