The lead pastor at popular Summit Church in Orlando -- and the son of presidential spiritual advisor Joel Hunter -- has resigned after admitting to an affair with a former church staffer.
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The church, among the largest and fastest-growing in Central Florida, made the announcement on its blog Wednesday after mailing a letter to parishioners that Pastor Isaac Hunter's "moral failing has made it impossible for him to continue in ministry." According to a biography on Summit's website, Isaac Hunter, 35, is a married father of three.
The page has since been taken down. The announcement did not say when the staffer left the church.
Isaac Hunter had started Summit in 2002 with friends from his youth-ministry days in his father's Longwood mega-church, Northland. At Summit's first service that September, 300 people attended, and it quickly outgrew its first home at Aloma Cinema Grill. It now has five locations and more than 4,000 worshippers.
Isaac's father, Joel Hunter, is a widely known evangelical pastor who became part of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is now among a small circle of faith leaders who offer spiritual counsel to the president.
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SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel