Former megachurch pastor Bob Coy spoke candidly about his drug, alcohol, and sex-filled past in his sermons, and that information is fueling the media frenzy around his resignation.
The ex-Calvary Chapel leader vacated his position on Sunday citing a "moral failure," leaving congregants devastated. Coy admitted to church leaders that he cheated on his wife, Diane.
Coy never claimed to be without sin. He openly discussed his cocaine addiction, past employment at a Vegas nude club, and his philandering past. Coy also allegedly has a long-time problem with pornography.
"He's always said from the pulpit: 'Don't follow me. I'm just a person like you,'" church member Mitch Guertler told NBC. "You could relate to his struggles, to his past. He's human. He's made a bad decision— or a few."
The church has not confirmed the moral failure that led to his resignation.
"We're not going to speculate on the blogs right now," Calvary Chapel spokesman Mike Miller told the Huffington Post.
Coy frequently shared his testimony, describing how his sinful lifestyle escalated when he moved to Las Vegas.
"Getting involved in the casino life, I have now gone from rock and roll to sex and drugs and gambling," Coy told CBN. "I remember on more than one occasion [that I was] not happy with who I was."
Coy's brother, Jim, ministered to him one night, and Coy accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour.
"The next morning I wake up and everything's changed in my life and in my heart," Coy recounted.
"I drove back to the casino, and I walked in. I looked around, and I saw naked girls. It was like, 'Oh, I work here? Oh, boy.' God began to convict me in such a gentle and lovely way that I don't belong here. It's time to make a change in my life."
Bob and Diane Coy founded Calvary Chapel of Fort Lauderdale in 1985. The church is one of the largest in the country - having over 20,000 members and $135 million in assets.