What do you do when you are wrongfully terminated by a mega-church and denied severance unless you sign an NDA? Then, years later, you realize that what you went through in that church was spiritual abuse?
According to Lori Harding, that’s what happened to her at the famous Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And in this edition of The Roys Reportt, Harding tells his full story.
Coral Ridge is the church once led by Dr. D. James Kennedy. But after Kennedy’s death in 2007, Tullian Tchvidjian, Billy Graham’s grandson, became the pastor of Coral Ridge. And it was as a member of Tchvidjian’s inner circle that Harding said she was pressured to accept the unacceptable and to ignore financial irregularities.
When Harding failed to do so, she was fired. And because she refused to sign an NDA, she got no severance pay.
But about a year later, news broke that Tchvidjian had been involved in sexual misconduct with several worshipers. The church fired Chvidjian. And the new pastor, Rob Pacienza, who had been involved in Harding’s firing, came to see her privately and apologized.
Harding then went to another church, where she says she suffered spiritual abuse again. But this time she complained to the denomination. And she went back to Coral Ridge and Pastor Rob Pacienza, and asked them to right the wrongs done against her.
In this first two-part podcast, you’ll hear Lori’s eye-opening account of what happened to her at both Coral Ridge and Grace Community Church in Boca Raton, Florida. And you’ll be challenged to examine issues of spiritual abuse, NDAs, and celebrity leadership.