Orlando Megachurch Pastors Keep Having Affairs and Resigning
There's hot new church trend sweeping Orlando's thriving megachurch scene: pastors sleeping with ladies who aren't their wives. For the third time in the last six months, a leader of a popular church in Orlando has resigned after admitting to damaging the sanctity of his marriage.
David Loveless, the lead pastor of the 4,000 member Discovery Church in south Orlando, is just the latest man of God in the land of Mickey Mouse to get caught with his pants down. He admitted to church officials recently that he cheated on his wife of more than 37 years. While he claimed that the affair ended in 2009, church officials sent out a statement proclaiming "we do not believe he can serve as a pastor at Discovery Church."
Loveless founded the non-denominational Christian church 17 years ago, and claims on his website to have once been named one of the "top twenty Christian leaders to watch."
But Loveless isn't the only Orlando pastor to find himself in a similar situation.
Isaac Hunter, leader of the 5,000-member Summit Church, resigned in December amidst a rash of drama in which he admitted to having an affair with a staff member. A month earlier, his wife Rhonda filed a domestic violence injunction claiming that not only was Hunter abusive but also had a drinking and drug problem and was suicidal.
Sam Hinn, an author and pastor in nearby Stanford, Florida, stepped down in January after admitting to an affair with a member of his congregation.