According to the Christian Post, a troubled Central Florida pastor who resigned last year from Summit Church, the megachurch he founded in 2002, has died in an apparent suicide, according to his former church and local reports, Dec. 10, 2013.
This is the third pastoral related suicide making national news in the past six weeks.
Isaac Hunter, the former senior pastor of Summit Church and son of Northland Church (15,000 members) Pastor Joel Hunter, died Tuesday. Cause of death is not yet determined.
"We found out today that Isaac took his life," read an email sent by the Summit Church in Orlando to their members, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
"All of us are grieving for the Hunter family, and we will deeply miss Isaac. Words cannot express the sorrow we're feeling," Northland said in a similar statement posted on their website.
"We love this family and are so grateful for the impact they have had on each of our lives. I have loved Isaac since he was a child, and I know this ... Isaac loved Jesus. And we are assured of his continuing relationship with Christ now in heaven," stated Northland Pastor Vernon Rainwater.
The 36-year-old father of three resigned in 2012 after first admitting to carrying on an affair with a staff member.
A week after his confession, his wife filed a temporary restraining order against him that accused him of physical abuse and threats with firearms while under the influence of alcohol.
"I currently fear for my life and the lives of our three children," Rhonda Hunter wrote in her order's petition, which was obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. "Isaac is unstable and has demonstrated erratic behavior, alcohol abuse and fits of rage."
Furthermore, photos of bruises on her body were submitted by his wife that she said were inflected by Hunter in early 2011.
Isaac Hunter filed for divorce from his wife Oct. 4.
In a note allegedly written not long after his resignation from the church, according to court documents, he expressed his hopes that he'd be remembered "as a person who loved his children, his parents, his brothers, and his best friends — well, while I could."
"I fear I will love them better in my absence. As I have become what I never wished to be, a burden on those I love the most," the note said.
Continue to pray for pastors everywhere!