Coral Ridge Votes to Keep Billy Graham's Grandson

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The grandson of evangelist Billy Graham will remain pastor of a Florida megachurch after the congregation voted overwhelmingly against a petition to remove him from leadership.  

Members of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., voted by a more than 2-1 margin to keep Rev. Tullian Tchividjian as their pastor.  

The two-hour meeting addressed a petition put forth by six church members who called Tchividjian "a disaster" who has shown "a complete lack of respect." 
 
The complaints claimed that after Tchividjian took on pastoral duties in March, he removed pastoral robes, introduced less-traditional music, and made other "rapid changes" which alienated some members.  

Tchividjian became only the second pastor of the church after its founding leader D. James Kennedy died in September 2007.

He did not attend the meeting but thanked his supporters in a statement. 

"Change is difficult for any institution, but it is especially difficult for a church which has known only one pastor in its 50-year history," he said. "Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church is not my church, and it wasn't Dr. Kennedy's church. It's God's church and I want to honor him and carry on the legacy of Jesus."   

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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