Pastor William Graham Tullian Tchividjjan, the former senior pastor of Coral Presbyterian Church, Florida resigned from his post admitting to have had an affair with a friend after finding out about his wife's affair.
In a statement about his relationship, he said, '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.'
After his resignation, Pastor Tullian posted on his Twitter account, 'Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death…thank God grace reigns here.'
Pastor William, who was born to parents Virginia Leftwich (Gigi) Graham and Dr. Stephan Tchividjjan, became pastor of New City Presbyterian Church, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church congregation. He succeeded founding pastor, D. James Kennedy in a worship service with more than 5,000 people, as the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Easter Sunday, 2009. It became the first service with both congregations together, after the church merged with Coral Ridge.
Pastor Tullian, age 42, has written books on Christianity and current issues. His writings include, The Kingdom of God: A Primer on the Christian Life, Do I Know God? Finding Certainty in Life’s Most Important Relationship (2009), Unfashionable: Making a Difference in the World by Being Different (2009), Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels (2010), Jesus + Nothing = Everything (Crossway) (2011, Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free" (David C. Cook) (2012), One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World (David C. Cook) (2013), It is Finished: 365 Days of Good News (David C. Cook) (2015). He also contributed to Don't Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day (The Gospel Coalition) (2011).
His book Jesus + Nothing = Everything (2011) ), which included some beautiful quotes, is a best-seller. It won Christianity Today’s book of the year in 2012. He also wrote his own blog for Christianity.com.
According to his wiki-bio Tchividjian was retained with a majority of the congregation’s votes on September 20, 2009. The church said that the attendance had doubled over 2009 and 300 members had been added since Tchividjian succeeded Kennedy and 192 people had been registered for the next sessions. It had been the largest member class in the church’s 50-year history.