Pastor Resigns After Admitting Adultery

From a Times Staff Writer

The Southern Baptist pastor of one of the fastest-growing churches in the Dallas area has resigned after admitting to his church deacons that he committed adultery.

The Rev. Billy Weber, 45, founding pastor of the 10,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church, said he had an extramarital affair, but Deacon Newt Hamlin declined at a news conference to say with whom or for how long.

In a statement, Weber said, “I have offered no excuses for my exercise in bad judgment--for there are none--and have sought forgiveness from the Lord, my family, church and community.” Weber plans to spend time with his wife and four children and to decide later whether to return to the ministry.