First Easter without Bob Coy, Franklin Graham to Give Message
The Sun Sentinel has reported that Franklin Graham, son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, will give the Easter message at Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale in the wake of Pastor Bob Coy’s recent resignation. The service will be held at the Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton and is expected to draw 20,000 worshipers.
Ft. Lauderdale is spread over 10 campuses, and Easter is the time the church gathers together as one. Bob Coy explained the purpose of the campuses a couple of years ago at a pastor’s conference. People were traveling long distances to come to his church and sit in an overflow room and watch him on video. It seemed a matter of stewardship. They could spend vast amounts in expanding their current property, or, for much less, they could purchase a building in these commuter communities. Each campus had its own non-teaching pastors. The messages were provided by Bob Coy over live video feed from the main campus. As of yet, there has been no announcement made for a long-term replacement for Bob Coy. It will be interesting to see if these branch churches spin off on their own or remain satellite campuses.
For the Easter service, Franklin Graham appears as a long-standing friend of the church. His presence should offer a chance for healing in difficult times. The theme is hope.