Ron Carpenter, senior pastor of the 19,000-member Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., revealed last October that his marriage has been rocked by his wife’s infidelity for the past 10 years, and attributed the turmoil to her unspecified “sickness.” Yet, Pastor Ron, as the RWOC family calls him, has no intention of stepping down from the pulpit, not even briefly, because “his integrity [is] 100 percent intact,” according to the executive director of the megachurch.
In fact, Pastor Carpenter will be back in the pulpit this Sunday, only one week after announcing at the end of his Jan. 5 sermon that he would immediately be flying to an undisclosed location to seek counseling with his wife and RWOC co-founder, Hope Hilley Carpenter.
“We have a guest speaker that will be here [for mid-week Bible study] while he’s away, but he will be back in the pulpit on Sunday,” Redemption’s Executive Director Travis Hayes told The Christian Post on Wednesday via phone.
Asked if Pastor Carpenter intended on taking any time off to focus on his broken marriage and family, Hayes said that is what the RWOC senior pastor has been doing this week between Sunday services.
“He’s not leaving the pulpit, but he is seeking guidance from a multitude of counselors, including Dr. Sam Chand and Bishop T.D. Jakes, as well as the folks they (the Carpenters) are seeing together out of town,” Hayes explained. Clarifying Pastor Carpenter’s remarks last Sunday, he emphasized that the pastor and his wife were not actually with Chand or Jakes while out of town.
“He doesn’t plan on stepping down,” repeated Hayes. “He is taking the time, spending lots of time with God and advisors and counselors but doesn’t plan on taking any time off. He believes God has got a relevant word for him and God is using all of this situation, and he’s sharing it with the congregation and they seem to be embracing it.”
SOURCE: NICOLA MENZIE