Megachurch pastor Matt Chandler resigns after Instagram DMs

A Texas megachurch pastor is taking a leave of absence after his church learns of frequent messages between him and a woman who is not his wife.

Matt Chandler, the senior pastor of the Flower Mound village church, about 30 miles northwest of Dallastold his congregation on Sunday the move was prompted by what church leaders called inappropriate messaging between the two.

In the statement recorded and shared on church website, the beleaguered pastor explained that a few months ago a woman approached him in the church hall with concerns about “how I was [direct messaging] on Instagram with one of her friends.

“I didn’t think I did anything wrong in that” Chandler, 48, told the congregation. “My wife knew it, her husband knew it, and yet there were a few things she said that confused me.”

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