FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida pastor is stepping down from his longtime leadership role after confessing to a “moral failing in his life,” a church spokesperson said.
Worshippers attending Sunday afternoon service at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale were informed that Bob Coy, a pastor at the megachurch since it was founded in 1985, had resigned Thursday.
Coy had a TV show called “Active Word,” which aired Sunday mornings on WSVN. Thousands would come see him preach in person at Calvary Chapel.
Behind the church’s mammoth walls, Pastor Bob, as he was affectionately known, would give his sermon. “He made us in His image. Stop trying to make Him in your image,” Coy said during one of his sermons.
Coy’s TV program has also been suspended. In a statement issued Sunday by Calvary Chapel’s director of communications, the spokesperson said the pastor stepped down “after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church.”
The church did not return 7News’ requests to elaborate on the nature of the behavior that led to Coy’s resignation.
On Sunday, the congregation learned of Coy’s decision when another pastor read his goodbye letter. “‘I love you, and I’m sorry. Signed, Bob,'” the pastor read.
Former parishioner Joseph LaFontaine said he’s disappointed Coy did not face his congregation in person. “He hid behind a letter,” he said.