after learning that revival leader Todd Bentley is separating from his wife.
represents Bentley’s apostolic “covering” under a group called the Revival
Alliance, said he was shocked by Bentley’s announcement. “This is an obvious
tragedy, both for Todd and Shonnah and the move of God in Lakeland,” Johnson
to lend support and give counsel to Todd and his staff. In talking with Todd I
was led to believe those issues were now in order. Obviously they
Fire Ministries that he and his wife, Shonnah, were separating. In a statement
released Tuesday, the Fresh Fire board of directors said “an atmosphere of
fatigue and stress” created by the daily meetings Bentley led until recently,
“exacerbated existing issues in [his marriage].”
the breakup of Bentley’s marriage, that the separation was not due to infidelity
by either spouse and that they hoped the marriage would be restored. “We know
that many of you will have questions, for most of which we presently have no
answers,” the board members stated.
Abbottsford, B.C., where his wife and three children reside. Shonnah Bentley has
appeared on the platform with her husband in Lakeland periodically.
Revival Alliance, an apostolic group that Bentley submitted himself to during a
commissioning ceremony on June 23 in Lakeland. “We are all of one heart in that
we want to see their marriage restored, and just as important, see their hearts
get healed from these points of weakness that have been there for years,”
convened and officiated at the Revival Alliance’s commissioning ceremony in
June. Wagner’s wife, Doris, said he was shocked when he received the news of
Bentley’s separation while he was in Asia conducting a 10-day ministry
Christian Fellowship, said he was also surprised when he got word Monday of
Bentley’s separation. “I had hoped that the previous troubles had been resolved
and worked through,” he told Charisma, referring to marital problems he
said the Bentleys had two years ago.
to bring correction and counsel to Todd.”
meetings began, told Charisma the separation was for “a period of time
while [the couple] both continue to receive counseling.” Strader said he only
recently discovered the counseling sessions between the two had been ongoing for
the past three years.
because the process, for all intents and purposes, was almost suspended because
of the exaggerated distance and the exaggerated seven-days-a-week schedule,”
over to him on Aug. 6—more than two weeks before the Aug. 23 date Bentley
previously said would be his last service. Strader said Bentley would officially
depart the revival during tonight’s meeting in Lakeland, when Bentley is
scheduled to thank the crowd and “commission his interns” to continue the
focus on “growing the Global Outpourings” that have spread since April via GOD
TV and the Internet.
was their network’s final live broadcast of the Lakeland meetings, they believe
the “outpouring” is a genuine move of God. “We believe that it is important to
recognize and defend the authenticity of this outpouring by the testimonies of
the countless thousands who viewed on GOD TV or attended at Lakeland and were
healed, set free and delivered through Jesus Christ,” the Alecs said in a
Bentley's, told Charisma she is praying for wisdom about how to help
people process the news of Bentley’s separation. “I am heart-broken over the
situation,” she said. “I love Todd. I will always love Him. I will carry
Him in my heart and prayers and never let go.
body [of Christ], for Todd, for his family.”
experience restoration. “None of the Revival Alliance members sweeps things
under the carpet and ignore or deny tragedy,” he said. “Neither do we think
great anointing is a replacement for character. We will now work hard to bring
healing and restoration, considering it a privilege to stand with a brother in
trouble, regardless of who is at fault.” —Paul Steven Ghiringhelli