evangelist Todd Bentley, who has led nonstop revival meetings in Lakeland, Fla.,
since April 2, is separating from his wife, Shonnah, due to “significant
friction in their relationship.”
statement Tuesday afternoon that praised the “outpouring” in Lakeland led by
Bentley, but also acknowledged “an atmosphere of fatigue and stress” that more
than 100 daily meetings had created, which “exacerbated existing issues in
exponential increases,” the board of directors stressed in the letter that the
meetings were not to blame for the break up of Bentley’s marriage. They
expressed hope for restoration, but neither promised nor guaranteed it—instead
focusing on “growing the Global Outpourings” that have spread via the Internet
and GOD TV. “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
flown to Lakeland and has appeared on stage with her husband periodically. The
statement released by Fresh Fire Ministries on Tuesday emphasized the separation
was not due to infidelity by either spouse.
was first sparked, told Charisma the separation was for “a period of time
while they both continue to receive counseling.”
staff, told Charisma on Monday that she had no knowledge of any impending
separation between Bentley and his wife and that rumors of such a separation
received by Charisma were apparently false. However, according to the
Lakeland Ledger, Bentley called a staff meeting later on Monday and
acknowledged his plans to separate from his wife.
charismatic ministers who ordained Bentley as an evangelist in the Lakeland
meetings in June, had not yet commented.
meetings to him last Wednesday—more than two weeks earlier than the August 23
date announced earlier this month. Strader said Bentley’s official departure
will occur during this Wednesday night’s meeting in Lakeland, when Bentley is
scheduled to thank the crowd, while also “commissioning his interns” to continue
the revival. —Paul Steven Ghiringhelli