Joel Hunter, a megachurch pastor in Orlando, Florida, has resigned from his pending presidency of the Christian Coalition of America, citing differences on how to broaden the group’s agenda.
The organization, which was a political force for conservative Christians in the 1990s, has diminished in prominence in recent years. Hunter had hoped to expand its agenda beyond traditional stances against abortion and gay marriage.
“When it came right down to it, when we were ready for the transition, we had a meeting to make sure we were on the same page and we weren’t,” Hunter, 58, said in an interview with Religion News Service.
The coalition announced Hunter’s presidency in early October, but he said he and its board came to a “mutually respectful separation” in a telephone conference call November 21.