Bob Coy, the Florida-based megachurch pastor, has resigned due to "a moral failing." The announcement was made Sunday before several thousand parishioners at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
What the "moral failing" was exactly that "disqualifies [Coy] from continuing his leadership role," in the church was not revealed in Sunday's announcement.
"Pastor Bob will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship with God and with his family," the statement continued. "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."
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In light of the resignation, the 58-year-old Coy's Active Word Ministry program, which is available on radio, television and digital media, has been suspended as well, the Sun-Sentinel reported
"Most people were shocked," congregant Robert Milne, who was present at Sunday's service, told the Sun-Sentinel. "A lot of people were hurt, a lot of people are disappointed."
When asked if he would forgive Coy for his apparent indiscretions Milne said, "Of course I forgive him. We're all sinners and we've all slipped here and there."
Milne recalled how Coy had in the past told parishioners that all humans are subject to moral weakness and that they should not put too much faith in any one person. "He said, 'Don't put your trust in me, because I'm going to let you down,' " Milne added.
Coy founded the church with his wife Diane in 1985, NBC Miami noted
. The church reportedly began with one location in Fort Lauderdale before giving way to six affiliated churches in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, West Boca, Plantation, Hollywood and the Keys.
Coy's ministries were part of the Calvary Chapel denomination established by Pastor Chuck Smith in Costa Mesa, Calif., in the 1960s, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
In his absence, assistant pastors on staff at the church will be maintaining the ministries services, according to the church. Coy was reportedly not present at the service when the announcement was made.
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