Married Santa Maria pastors step down after ‘revelations’
June 15, 2016
A pair of husband and wife pastors have stepped down indefinitely from their leadership positions at a Santa Maria church. The church has not explained their departures, but it released a statement saying some revelations have created a “storm.” [KCOY]
Rob and Cindy Litzinger are the lead pastors at the nondenominational Church For Life, according to the church website. Interim pastor Jeff Hoyos said actions taken by the Litzingers were cause enough for them to step down.
“We’ve come into some revelations this week that have really led our church into a storm concerning pastors Rob and Cindy,” Hoyos said in a statement. “As a result, Rob and Cindy have agreed to enter into a restoration process and indefinitely step down from church leadership. We are still in the process of looking into the full weight of this matter.”
Hoyos also said the Litzingers will take an indefinite amount of time to receive counseling as a married couple. The Litzingers have a mix of adopted, foster and natural children — five girls and one boy — according to the church website.
Video on the website shows Rob Litzinger saying, “marriage is awesome,” while delivering a sermon on June 5. The sermon was part of a series on actions points for a great marriage.
Santa Maria police said no one has approached them about them with information about the Church For Life issue, and there is currently no criminal investigation into the matter.