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Mark Crow, founder of the multi-site congregation Victory Church, stepped down from his role as senior pastor earlier this week after confessing marital infidelity.
"Mark will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship with God, and beginning the process of bringing healing to the fractured relationships in his life and family," said the Rev. Dale Swanson, executive pastor of the church, in a statement according to NewsOK.com. "Victory Church is fully committed to providing the counselors and ministers who will guide him through the process of reconciliation with God, and ensuring the best possible outcome for this next season in his life."
Crow, who is also known as a televangelist, author, and international speaker, has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 20 years, together they have five children and three grandchildren.
Crow and Jennifer began the church in 1994 with merely 53 people, according to the church's website and now thousands gather in campuses in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, and the African nation of Lesotho. In addition, the church has a Hispanic satellite campus called Victory Iglesia.
Crow's ministry website currently appears disabled, as does Jennifer's social media accounts. However, Jennifer's biographical information remains on the church's website.
In addition to serving as pastor of the church, she is founder of the Beautiful Dream Society, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to empowering vulnerable people worldwide. BDS also provides protection and education through partnership with the church and community to fight exploitation.
Despite the reason for his resignation, the church plans to support Crow spiritually, as noted by Swanson Thursday during his statement.
"The Victory Church family and staff are praying for Mark, that the same grace we all experience and draw comfort from in our own spiritual journey, will be ever present in Mark's transition to healing and wholeness," he said.