On Sunday, Bob Coy stepped down as Senior Pastor of the megachurch he founded, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. According to a statement on the church website, “effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church he has led since its founding in 1985.”
Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale has over 20,000 people attending services at any given weekend at its home church as well as nine satellite sites in South Florida, and thousands more, from around the world, who watch services live.
Charisma News reported that, “Coy confessed to key leaders on Wednesday;” met with the board on Thursday, confessed and resigned.
Rumors swirled online and in the congregation in the days to follow. No mention of the news was mentioned at the Saturday service except to say that a special meeting would be held on Sunday afternoon. More than 7,500 people who call CCFT their home attended the special meeting which opened with worship, followed by a reading of a letter from Coy, he was not in attendance. According to comments on the church website after the statement was posted, the response was positive and supportive in prayer for Coy and his family.
The majority of comments were of love and support, forgiveness and a few who were bothered by the general reason as “moral failure” yet understanding. Agreement from posters that we are all sinners and that they were glad that Coy admitted his failure, stepped down and is working on restoring his relationship with God and his family.
Melissa Perez said, “The people who have been and are a part of CCFTL are the driving force and do incredible things for the community, but that driving force comes from Jesus, the church will miss you pastor Bob but the legacy you created with God's guidance will continue to bloom. If some chose to leave the church it would be because they weren't following Jesus and this just goes to show that their faith and trust was put on the wrong person.”