A husband and wife pastoral team is getting divorced after the husband admitted a year long adulterous affair with a stripper. Zachery and Riva Tims ended their 15-year-marriage in late July, two years after Zachery admitted the affair.
The couple started New Destiny Christian Center (NDCC) in a hotel ballroom in 1996 and grew the Orlando-area church to more than 7,500 members. But in October 2007, Zachery Tims admitted "an indiscretion" before the congregation and then stepped down from his position to seek counselling. He returned to the pulpit three months later, after being counselled by a group of ministers
In a written statement to Charisma, Tims, 40, said he has been involved in counselling since the affair became public.
"I submitted myself to an ecumenical counsel of clergy that came into my ministry and ran the spiritual operations while I submitted myself to a counselling and ministry facility for several months out of state," he stated, adding that he is "still involved with monthly counsel."
Many members left the independent church after Judy Nguyen posted details of her affair with the pastor on the Internet. In an e-mail interview with Charisma, Nguyen said she met Tims when he visited the men's club in Paris where she worked. She said the long-distance affair lasted from August 2006 to October 2007.
Riva Tims, 38, also left the church and filed for divorce in 2008. The couple share joint custody of their four children.
Riva Tims would not comment on the circumstances surrounding the divorce, founded Majestic Life Institute and on July 12 opened Majestic Life Ministries church in Orlando.
Much like NDCC, the church emphasizes outreach, with programs planned for children with special needs and youth gang prevention, as well as a job placement ministry for former inmates, drug addicts and alcoholics.
Source: EUR Web