Pastor Tony Evans steps away from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship leadership

Pastor Tony Evans steps away from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship leadership
Pastor Tony Evans steps away from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship leadership

Pastor Tony Evans steps away from Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Leadership

Nearly six months after he remarried in a “private ceremony surrounded by family and close friends,” Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship pastor Dr. Tony Evans announced he is stepping away from his pastoral duties for a period of restoration “due to sin.”

According to a statement on the church’s website, Dr. Evans informed the congregation of his decision to step away after “tremendous prayer and multiple meetings” between him and the church elders.

“On Sunday, June 9, at both services, Dr. Tony Evans announced that he will step away from his senior pastoral duties at OCBF,” the statement read. “This difficult decision was made after tremendous prayer and multiple meetings with Dr. Evans and the church elders.

However, the statement acknowledges that this decision aligns with the church’s commitment to upholding biblical standards, as outlined by the elder board. It also highlights the importance of accountability for church leadership.

“Dr. Evans and the elders agree that when any elder or pastor falls short of the high standards of scripture, the elders are responsible for providing accountability and maintaining integrity in the church.”

Although the statement did not specify the reason for Dr. Evans’ departure, he nevertheless confessed in a separate statement that while he had “committed no crime,” he “did not use righteous judgment in my actions.”

He stressed the importance of repentance and restoration in such situations and admitted to falling short of it years ago.

“When we fall short of that standard due to sin, we are required to repent and restore our relationship with God,” he writes.  “A number of years ago, I fell short of that standard.”

“Dr. Evans further revealed that his decision involved his wife, children, and church elders,” the statement continues. “He shared, ‘They have lovingly placed their arms of grace around me.'”

Pastor Bobby Gibson and the elders will provide more information regarding interim leadership and the church’s future in the coming days.

 

 

 

 

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