Alabama megachurch founder's son removed as pastor due to moral failing

The son of the founder of a megachurch in Alabama was removed from his pastoral position because of moral failing, his father announced during a conference but did not divulge other details.

(WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / Church of the Highlands)Church of the Highlands - Grants Mill Campus. 3 October 2013.

During the ReCreate Women's Conference at the Church of Highlands on Sept. 30, founder and senior pastor Chris Hodges announced that his son Michael was no longer a pastor of their Greystone campus. He explained that the latter had a moral failing, but did not elaborate on the matter, AL.com relayed.

Michael has been a staff member at the church since 2015 and has held several positions including director of ministry partnership and placement. He also taught students training with the church under the Highlands College Team.

It is worth noting that the church had wiped out all references to Michael on its site, and his social media accounts have been deactivated. Instead, Charles Kelly's name has appeared as the pastor of the Greystone campus since Sept. 25.

Meanwhile, the Alabama megachurch has not responded to a request for comment on the situation. It also has not yet announced if the removed pastor will be reinstated or not.

In March, WSFA reported that the Church of the Highlands opened a new campus in east Montgomery. Pastor Chris Erwin expressed joy over the expansion, considering that they have been holding their Sunday services at the MPAC for six years and can now look forward to a debt-free ministry.

The new building measures 50,000 square feet and has high-tech lighting and sound. It also has a café, rooms for children, and an auditorium that can accommodate 1,300 people.

The Church of the Highlands was first established in Birmingham in 2001. At present, it already has 15 branch campuses and draws more than 40,000 attendees to its services every week.