New Destiny Christian Center, the Florida mega-church founded by the late Zachery Tims, has responded to a lawsuit filed by Tims’ ex-wife, who helped found the ministry 15 years ago.
In a public statement released Friday, NDCC said it wishes the best for Riva Tims and her ministry, but that she has no legal grounds to make claim over the church.
“Obviously, we are saddened by the course of action Pastor Riva Tims as chosen to pursue. Her lawsuit is completely without merit and we are extremely confident in our legal standing,” the church said in its statement.
They further stated:
Pastor Riva willingly signed legal documents releasing all claims over New Destiny Christian Center and left our church to begin her own ministry, literally just a few miles away. As a co-founder of our church, she will always be loved and respected, but we are moving forward now with our new Senior Pastor, Paula White, and our focus is solely on the bright future of service and ministry that is ahead for our church. This lawsuit will distract us from that mission. We wish Pastor Riva well in her service to Christ and we will continue to pray, as we always have, for the success of her ministry. Pastor Paula was selected after an exhaustive process conducted by the NDCC Board of Directors in close cooperation with the church’s Board of Regents.Pastor Paula will serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors and will be subject to the oversight of the Board of Directors and the Board of Regents. Her focus will be on preaching and ministering to our church family.”
This is definitely not the way to end one year and begin another.