Just one week after admitting to a "moral failure" and stepping down from the pulpit at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Pastor Tullian Tchividjian — grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham — is seeking help from a well-known biblical counselor.
Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Image via Twitter/PastorTullian)
Tchividjian, 42, told the Washington Post on June 21 that his marriage has been in turmoil over the past few months after discovering that his wife, Kim, was having an affair, and that he subsequently had an affair of his own.
He will be undergoing "intense counseling" with Dr. Paul Tripp, a well-known Christian counselor based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a source close to Tchividjian exclusively told TheBlaze.
"He is seeking God and looking to spend time getting work done on [himself]," said the individual, who asked not to be named.
The finer details of the counseling, which is scheduled to begin this week, are not readily available, though the source said that Tchividjian is hoping to work with Tripp to process the root causes of what happened in his marriage and to seek personal healing.
He plans to spend at least one week with the revered counselor.
The individual close to Tchividjian said that the preacher has admitted to his sin and is in the process of repenting and "seeking wise biblical counsel" to ensure true and lasting change in his life.
This news comes after Tchividjian revealed last week that his marriage has been in crisis over the past three months.
“As many of you know, I returned from a trip a few months back and discovered that my wife was having an affair. Heartbroken and devastated, I informed our church leadership and requested a sabbatical to focus exclusively on my marriage and family,” he said in a statement to the Washington Post. “As her affair continued, we separated. Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself.”
The pastor said that he was approached by church leaders to discuss his own affair and that, after he admitted to it, it was decided that the best course of action would be for him to resign. Tchividjian went on to ask the public to pray for his family.
“Both my wife and I are heartbroken over our actions and we ask you to pray for us and our family that God would give us the grace we need to weather this heart wrenching storm,” he said. “We are amazingly grateful for the team of men and women who are committed to walking this difficult path with us.”
Tchividjian's wife, Kim, will not be attending counseling with Tripp, the source said.
She spoke out in a brief statement following her husband's comments to the Washington Post last week, saying that his statement reflected his views, but not her own, though she declined to go into further detail.
"The statement reflected my husband’s opinions but not my own. Please respect the privacy of my family at this time, thank you," Kim Tchividjian said. "I do thank everyone for the outpouring of love for my family as well during this difficult time and we appreciate all the prayers and support we are receiving."
According to the Coral Ridge website, the last sermon Tchividjian delivered was in April; he is no longer listed as a staff member at the church.
Tchividjian is the son of Virginia Graham, who is Billy Graham’s eldest daughter.