By Timothy C. Morgan, Christianity Today.
Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham’s grandson, filed for divorce on Thursday in Broward County, Florida.
Tchividjian resigned as senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale earlier this summer after admitting an extramarital affair. He has since lost his ministerial credentials.
There was little public information available about the divorce filing. Under Florida law, one party must establish that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” in order for the union to be dissolved. Tullian and his wife, Kim, married in 1994 and have three children.
Tchividjian did not respond to a request for comment.
On August 11, the South Florida Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) deposed Tchividjian, ruling him unfit for Christian ministry.
Tchividjian must display an “eminently exemplary, humble and edifying life and testimony” for an extended period of time before he can return to ministry, according PCA’s Book of Church Order.
The presbytery says it will continue to offer pastoral care to Tchividjian:
Our goal in doing this is to both protect the integrity of the church from which his credentials were given while, at the same time, wrapping Tullian in the grace offered by Jesus Christ to all those who confess sin, pursue repentance and desire restoration.
Coral Ridge also removed their former pastor’s sermons from the church website and shut down Liberate.org, Tchividjian’s ministry.