Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide

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News reports indicate that Florida megachurch founder Isaac Hunter has taken his life.

Altamonte Springs police discovered Hunter's body Tuesday morning in his home, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Hunter, 36, founded Orlando's Summit Church. The non-denominational church eventually grew to five locations. He resigned from his role as lead pastor last year, after admitting to an affair.

Hunter is the son of Joel Hunter, another megachurch pastor in Florida and spiritual advisor to the president.

His death marks the second time this year that a prominent pastor's son has committed suicide. In April, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren's son took his life.

CBN News spoke with Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, in May about mental health awareness in the church.

Page recently wrote a book Melissa about his experience with his daughter's suicide and the need for the church to help those who battle with mental health issues.

"There are legitimate, serious issues that people struggle with, and the church needs to be the place where we say, 'We understand,' Page said.

More than 36,000 people commit suicide each year in the United States.

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