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Isaac Hunter, the troubled son of Northland Church Pastor Joel Hunter, has committed suicide, according to an email sent to members of his former church on Tuesday.

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Isaac Hunter, the troubled son of Northland Church Pastor Joel Hunter, committed suicide, his former church, Summit Church, said Tuesday.

A troubled Central Florida pastor who resigned last year from the megachurch he founded has died in an apparent suicide, according to his former church and local reports.

Isaac Hunter, the former senior pastor of Summit Church and son of Northland Church Pastor Joel Hunter, died Tuesday, Northland Church announced.

“We found out today that Isaac took his life,” read an email sent by the Summit Church in Orlando to their members, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

“All of us are grieving for the Hunter family, and we will deeply miss Isaac. Words cannot express the sorrow we’re feeling,” Northland said in a similar statement posted on their website.

“We love this family and are so grateful for the impact they have had on each of our lives. I have loved Isaac since he was a child, and I know this … Isaac loved Jesus. And we are assured of his continuing relationship with Christ now in heaven,” stated Northland Pastor Vernon Rainwater.

The 36-year-old father of three had been in a downward spiral after first admitting to carrying on an affair with a staff member in 2012 and then resigning.

One week after his confession, his wife filed a temporary restraining order against him that accused him of physical abuse and  threats with firearms while under the influence of alcohol.

Rev. Joel Hunter, pictured, is the father of Isaac Hunter, a former church pastor who apparently committed suicide.

Rev. Joel Hunter, pictured, is the father of Isaac Hunter, a former church pastor who apparently committed suicide.

“I currently fear for my life and the lives of our three children,” Rhonda Hunter wrote in her order’s petition, which was obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. “Isaac is unstable and has demonstrated erratic behavior, alcohol abuse and fits of rage.”

His wife further submitted photos of bruises on her body she said were inflected by her husband in early 2011.

Isaac Hunter filed for divorce from his wife Oct. 4.

In a note allegedly written not long after his resignation from the church, according to court documents, he expressed his hopes that he’d be remembered “as a person who loved his children, his parents, his brothers, and his best friends — well, while I could.”

“I fear I will love them better in my absence. As I have become what I never wished to be, a burden on those I love the most,” the note said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/troubled-florida-pastor-megachurch-commits-suicide-article-1.1543919#ixzz2nNAKW27T

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