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Tony Evans stepping away from senior pastor role at OCBF


Evans has served as a senior pastor at the church for nearly 50 years.

DALLAS — Tony Evans, who has served as the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church for nearly 50 years, announced at services on Sunday he would be stepping away from his duties. 

In a statement, the church said this decision was made after multiple meetings between Evans and the church elders. 

“The elder board is obligated to govern the church in accordance with the scriptures,” the statement reads. “Dr. Evans and the elders agree that when any elder or pastor falls short of the high standards of scripture, the elders are responsible for providing accountability and maintaining integrity in the church.”

In a written statement to the church, Evans said the foundation of the church has been its commitment to the word of God as the absolute supreme standard of truth to which they are to conform their lives.

“When we fall short of that standard due to sin, we are required to repent and restore our relationship with God,” Evans wrote. “A number of years ago, I fell short of that standard.”

Evans said that, while he hadn’t committed any crime, he hadn’t used righteous judgment in his actions. 

“When we fall short of that standard due to sin, we are required to repent and restore our relationship with God,” he wrote. “A number of years ago, I fell short of that standard.”

Evans added that Pastor Bobby Gibson and church leadership would keep its members informed on how things will continue moving forward. 

“I have never loved you more than I love you right now, and I’m trusting God to walk me through this valley,” Evans concluded. “Thank you for your love, prayers, support, and forgiveness as I continue my spiritual healing journey.”



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