Pastor Tavner Smith Is Caught Committing Adultery, Kissing Another Woman Who Is Not His Wife; Staffers Are Quitting Venue Church After Accusing Pastor and Church Leadership of a Pattern of Adultery – This Pattern of Adultery That the Staff Are Accusing the Church Leadership of Are Part of the Reason We Are in the Coronavirus Plague and Why God Is Shutting Down in-Person Church Services

Dec. 23—A week before Christmas, several staff members at Venue Church in Chattanooga quit over concerns about the conduct of the megachurch’s lead pastor, Tavner Smith, according to church members and others informed of the departures.

Eight employees quit last week after confronting Smith about rumors he was having an affair with a longtime employee, according to two former employees and four volunteers or members connected to the church for between three and eight years. On Friday afternoon, staff and volunteers met with Smith in a series of meetings to discuss the allegations after a video surfaced showing Smith allegedly kissing a woman in North Georgia, according to two long-time volunteers who participated in a meeting.

A spokesperson for Venue Church told the Times Free Press the organization would not offer comment until after the severance process for staff was complete.

“We are currently conducting our exit process with our staff members. We appreciate their service and value their feedback,” the church said in an email.

On Wednesday, the Times Free Press sent a message seeking comment to Smith’s Facebook page. The request was not acknowledged.

Some previous employees have signed non-disclosure agreements and are unable to speak publicly about their employment.

Smith, the father of three children, is in the process of divorcing his wife, Danielle, according to records from Hamilton County Circuit Court. Divorce proceedings began in May.

Smith moved his family to the Chattanooga area from Greenville, South Carolina, in 2012 to start Venue Church. In 2015, a report from Outreach Magazine and LifeWay Research listed Venue as one of the fastest-growing churches in America.

Smith would regularly post to social media pictures of himself in designer sneakers and clothes. Sunday services included light shows and congregants would provide a standing ovation when he came on stage. Along with the campus security team, a special team of armed bodyguards would follow Smith around.

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Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press