Evangelist Billy Graham’s grandson Tullian Tchividjian has stepped down as the head of his grandfather’s Florida megachurch, Coral Ridge Presbyterian, due to an affair. Well, two affairs, actually.
Tchividjian released a statement about his departure, according to the Washington Post:
“I resigned from my position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church today due to ongoing marital issues. As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on my marriage and family. As her affair continued, we separated. Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself. Last week I was approached by our church leaders and they asked me about my own affair. I admitted to it and it was decided that the best course of action would be for me to resign. Both my wife and I are heartbroken over our actions and we ask you to pray for us and our family that God would give us the grace we need to weather this heart wrenching storm. We are amazingly grateful for the team of men and women who are committed to walking this difficult path with us. Please pray for the healing of deep wounds and we kindly ask that you respect our privacy.”
The couple have been married for over 20 years and have three children. Mrs. Tchividjian gave her own statement to the Post asking for privacy, and clarifying that her husband’s statement reflected his own “opinions but not my own.”
This Tchividjian debacle is the fourth in a string of pastors in Florida who’ve resigned amid affairs. Graham himself lived by “The Billy Graham Rule” where he would not “meet, eat or travel” with a woman by himself, which might’ve kept him out of trouble but also probably kept women from rising into Christian leadership roles in his church.
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