A popular Fort Lauderdale mega-church pastor has abruptly resigned after confessing to a "moral failing in his life," church officials said Sunday.
Bob Coy, pastor at Calvary Chapel, resigned Thursday, but the announcement was made during a special meeting Sunday night.
Coy is well-known throughout South Florida for his work at the church and through his television and radio shows.
"Pastor Bob will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship with God and with his family," the church said in a statement Sunday. "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."
Calvary Church is one of the largest churches in South Florida with more than 20,000 members. Coy founded the church in 1985 with his wife, Diane.
The church announced that the media ministry of the Active Word that distributes his Bible teachings through radio, television and digital media was also suspended.
"Trusting in God’s providence, protection, provision and direction, the staff of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale will continue our mission to "make disciples," through regular services at all campuses and through a myriad of other ministries the church has established over the years," the church's statement said. "A team of assistant pastors already on staff will maintain their usual rotating schedule as teaching pastors for all services."