Earl Paulk, he of the Roman hands and Russian fingers, whose megachurch successor is both son and “nephew,” is dead.Â From the Associated Press:
ATLANTA â€“ An evangelical pastor whose leadership of an Atlanta-area megachurch ended in a sex scandal has died.
A paternity test revealed Paulk was the father of his nephew, who is now leader of the church.
Atlanta Medical Center said Archbishop , who was in his 80s, died early Sunday. The hospital could not release a cause of death. Paulk had been in bad health for the past couple of years after a battle with cancer.
A phone listing for Paulk’s family could not immediately be found.
Paulk co-founded the Cathedral at Chapel Hill in Decatur and helped grow it to a peak membership of about 10,000 in the early 1990s.
A lawsuit by a female employee sparked a chain of events that ended in Paulk pleading guilty in January 2008 to lying under oath by denying affairs with other women.