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Megachurch Pastor Dedicates Sermon To Why He’s Divorcing His Cheatin’ Wife [Video]

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Greenville, SC – Sunday must have been a strange day for members of Redemption World Outreach, one of the area’s first megachurches. Pastor Ron Carpenter basically dedicated his sermon to explaining why he’s leaving his philandering wife of 23 years.

More awkwardly, Hope Carpenter was apparently Ron’s co-pastor as well as his wife. For as long as Redemption World Outreach was a thing, Ron and Hope were the face of it, and their solid marriage was an example for their flock. Too bad it was all a front, according to Ron.

During his sermon on Sunday, he explained that his wife had been living a double life for years. It came to a head last week, culminating in her isolation in a one-year, out-of-state treatment program (???), the end of what he called a “tragic” situation.

Ron explained that he and his wife had been struggling for at least a decade.

Though he described his marriage as a “fairy tale” at first, things started to go south in 2004. She removed herself from the couple’s ministry completely, and she became increasingly distant until 2010 when she admitted to having multiple affairs.

Coincidentally, this confession came on the eve of a planned marriage conference organized by Ron and his Redemption World Outreach church.

“The marriage conference was already half way sold out, and $25,000 worth of deposits were made for rooms and we couldn’t back out. I had no idea what to do,” said Carpenter.

So he went on with the conference anyway, and even held another the next year. He cancelled the planned 2012 conference to go into therapy with Hope. It apparently didn’t work, and last week things hit rock bottom when Hope admitted to even more affairs.

Ron Carpenter told WORD Radio Monday that his wife’s infidelity is only five percent of what’s going on.

“There were two distinct double lives. This is not a fling. Not an affair. There was a whole other life and culture and dress code and friends,” he explained.

Some are questioning why he decided to reveal all of this to his mega-church congregation. This stuff is pretty personal, yet Ron Carpenter is telling his side of the story to whoever will hear it while his wife is in isolation. Well, here’s his account for that:

“I have to tell my people because I know them. I do teach them faith, I do teach them to believe that there is a God that does miracles. But I could not mislead them because the behavior has become so detrimental to the family unit I ‘m having to turn my efforts to bring some stability at home.”

Despite sending her away to an intensive one-year therapy program, Ron Carpenter said that reconciliation with his wife is off the table. He’ll still remain as Senior Pastor at Redemption World Outreach. Here’s a photo of the couple, and below that, a video of the sermon.

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29 Responses to “Megachurch Pastor Dedicates Sermon To Why He’s Divorcing His Cheatin’ Wife [Video]”

  1. Rebecca Bindbeutel

    I want to know what a "One year Isolation" is?????? Noone sees or hears from her? Something sounds really, really off here.

  2. Roshanda Johns

    Tmi. It just further makes a mockery of things. Christians arent perfect nor beyond fault. People change. People "miss it". But some folks are so lofty and arrogant that when they observe the human trials of others, its easier to criticize and step on/over the wounded than it is to help/love them thru it. Christians tell the world that God is about love yet they continue to canibalize one another.

  3. Kimberly Hall

    He's freaking creepy! I'm surprised she stayed as long as she did…but I'm sure the money was worth it for most of the time. It can only make you happy for so long.

  4. Eric Jimenez

    I think this is hilarious – How much money did they use to get his hair piece or surgery on his head to have plucks of hair – Also to dye his hair. She has had some work done as well. Oh, wait, he had some work on his face – Vanity is a sin – People will feel sorry for him and give him more $$$$. I like to see how of a lavish life they lived – and still live. It is okay to judge them… because they have judged other.

  5. Bill Johnson

    I'm thinking that if he'd have kept the motor running, she wouldn't have needed to seek transpo elsewhere???

  6. Tóireasa Purviance Meehan

    Yeah…I agree, that is very fishy and needs to be investigated by law enforcement immediately!

  7. Tóireasa Purviance Meehan

    Creepy is a massive understatement! My question is, "is this woman even still alive?" I have major doubts on that front. And no amount of money is worth losing your life for!

  8. Grunt Crenshaw

    Troll demons cursing what intelligent people bless. Wait till their pet demons turn on them and see them cry out to whom they cursed and expect help lol

  9. Tóireasa Purviance Meehan

    I don't believe he ditched her…well maybe so. He may have literally "ditched" her body in a freshly dug ditch somewhere after he killed her.

  10. Tóireasa Purviance Meehan

    "a one-year, out-of-state treatment program" ??????????? Yeah…right. And he'll also sell you that bridge in Brooklyn! A year should give him enough time to "loot" a couple million more out of his "congregation and arrange to escape to a place with no extradition to the US.

  11. José Emanuel Salcedo

    As a person who comes from a family of pastors, this sickens me. I hate how this makes headlines instead of the good things that pastors do. Since this man did the wrong thing and abused his power to expose his wife (something that should be kept private), people will continue to think negatively of pastors. And I hate how much judgement thy receive as well, just because they're preachers. Yeah, they're getting a divorce (which is okay in cases of adultery). Yes, she's probably had work done. Yeah, he dyes his hair. Get over it! Totally okay to judge pastors but celebrities, LEAVE THEM ALONE!

  12. Jennie Harris

    It amazes me how the media can twist things and make something that is serious, and heart wrenching into something twisted like this. I have sat under this man preach and his character is better than anyone who has posted a word on here or the person who wrote this article. Before you judge him and criticize a man you do not know, go and watch the actual video where he made this all known to his congregation and you will see how the media twist things to get a reaction from viewers!

  13. Cliffette Trammell Campbell

    No surgery, no mockery, go to the churches web-site and hear for yourselves! This writer however, is a mockery and embellished

  14. Jade Phoenix

    I understand that there are Christians out there who may act like they are Holier than the mantel they wear on their heads, but there are good Christians, you just haven't either met one, or you've met one and thats it. Remember this… People who convert to Christianity are people from all walks of life, so you don't readily know who they are, just the persona they show, just like converted christians in the bible. It's almost like taking an oath, that you are going to change and shed that side of you that is impure to be a part of the Body of Christ. Converting to Christianity is just the first step, as in becoming a believer in Jesus. There's a whole other ball game after that. Certain "People" make a mockery of this way of life. But I tell you this, God is not mocked nor can he be mocked. So what is done in the Dark will come out into the light, but even then if one changes their ways and repent, as Jesus said it will be forgiven of him. I don't know this Pastors life story, nor care to know, that's between him, his wife and God Almighty. It's sad he told his congregation the details, which should have been kept out of the public eye. All I can say is God is and has always been about Love, and he hasn't changed. It is man who has many spots on his coat, who constantly change when the mood fits him.

  15. Tracey Walker

    In response to Jose Salcedo. Where does it say God forbids anyone to dye their hair. Anyone that makes rules.reguarding caffiene, alcohol or any other stupid rule is a man's rule to control you not Gods. And these holier then thou pasters are human but when you have a megachurch, money turns into your God.

  16. Kenny Albert

    Just send him some more money and he will be fine.All of these mega church pastors are scam artists and live as millionaires.

  17. Michelle D Butler

    He isn't so innocent in this case. If there was multiple affiairs, she was searching for something she wasn't getting at home. She isn't there to defend herself and he is dragging her through the mud to gain sympathy.

  18. Kevin Nichols

    Where's the follow up story to this ? Is your journalistic philosophy only to report the man-bites-dog side ? Hope Carpenter voluntarily submitted herself to the one-yr counseling program, and the Carpenters are back together. Ron did not give up on the marriage but instead showed forgiveness, love, and commitment despite the incredible pain and embarrassment – as well as mockery of the media. I guess in my spare time I'll do your job for you, Inquisitr.

  19. Suleika Montalvo

    Before you start judging. Stop.. The word of God say Judge and you will be Judge. I know how it feels because I too have the same problem with my husband. Yet I love him. Some people are just bound in sin and they have the to fight to be free. Only Jesus can free us. Jesus said if you never sin cast the first stone. For we are all sin save by grace. All we have to do its pray that God can deliver these marriage in the Name of Jesus Christ.

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