FL- Megachurch founder resigns, SNAP responds

For immediate release: Monday, April 07, 2014

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com) 

A Florida megachurch leader has resigned due to “moral failings.” We are glad that he will not be in ministry anymore, but believe he should be investigated. 



Bob Coy, who founded the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale 30 years ago, admitted to having a problem with pornography and to multiple "affairs."

In many states, it is illegal for ministers to have any kind of sexual contact with or to sexually exploit their congregants in any way. (We believe it should be illegal in every state.)

We hope that church leaders and parishioners will be diligent and reach out to anyone who may have been hurt by Coy.

With his resignation, we hope anyone who saw, suspected, or suffered abuse will find the courage to speak up and report to law enforcement.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 23 years and have more than 10,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, bblaine@snapnetwork.org), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com) 


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  • James Leboeuf
    commented 2014-04-08 15:00:25 -0500
    Heaven vs. Hell; Rich vs. Poor: symbiotic bi-polarity – none of this is accidental
  • John and Ann Heydt
    commented 2014-04-07 14:09:19 -0500
    So tired of routine expressions (excuses) of congregants in these cases like ’he’s human and made errors, a mistake, etc’. Of course these idiots make ‘errors’…but it’s the crazy BOLD hypocrisy of looking out at the crowd telling them how to live their lives or god won’t like you and you’ll end up in the fires of hell FOREVER!!…and other things that harm people’s hearts and minds. Makes me so mad. Amen…
  • James Leboeuf
    commented 2014-04-07 12:59:56 -0500
    I wonder if he molested any children. Investigating that should be the first order of biz for the cops.
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