Sunday, December 9, 2012

Orlando's Summit Church Pastor's Suicide Note Found While Affair Exposed and Domestic Violence Allegations

Isaac Hunter

Orlando's Summit Church Pastor's Suicide Note Found While Affair Exposed and Domestic Violence Allegations

Isaac Hunter is the senior pastor of Summit Church. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Hunter has issued his resignation after his downward spiral of violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicidal thoughts, according to a domestic violence petition filed Friday.

“I currently fear for my life and the lives of our three children,” Rhonda Hunter wrote in a petition for a temporary restraining order against her husband. “Isaac is unstable and has demonstrated erratic behavior, alcohol abuse, and fits of rage.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported circuit Judge Roger J. McDonald granted his wife Rhonda Hunter's petition the same day it was submitted. The order bars Isaac Hunter, 35, from the couple's home in Winter Park, Fla., his church, his children's schools and his wife's workplace.

Pastor Isaac Hunter admitted to an extramarital affair and resigned from his post as senior pastor at Summit Church in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 28, one day after his 13th wedding anniversary.

Issac Hunter, sr. pastor of Summit Church in Orlando

According to the Sentinel, Rhonda Hunter, 35, spelled out acts of violence and abuse that began in February 2011 and culminated when Isaac left their house on Nov. 25 with two guns. He called three days later, asking to see his three children “one last time.”
“I am afraid that his 'one last time' will result in the death of our children—going out in a blaze of glory,” Rhonda Hunter wrote in her petition.
According to court documents, Hunter's family also found an undated suicide note on his computer with instructions to Summit Church on what should be done “If I die,” written before his 35th birthday on April 26.
“I would very much like to be remembered as a person who loved his children, his parents, his brothers, and his best friends—well, while I could,” Hunter wrote. “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.”
Rhonda Hunter, in her petition, submitted photos of bruises on her arms she said her husband had inflicted during an argument at their home on Feb. 13, 2011. She claims Isaac kicked in a locked door, held her down on a bed by the arms and shouted obscenities at her.

While staying with friends a month later, Rhonda Hunter said Isaac became abusive after drinking a lot of wine and told her, “I have no way out of this marriage.” She wrote that she slept with the bedroom door locked that night, with her phone nearby so she could call for help.

Rhonda wrote that Isaac left the house with two guns and ammunition, following an obscenity-laced argument. Court documents show that family members later found bottles of pills, syringes and vials of liquid among his possessions.
“I have witnessed Isaac falling down stairs, falling in a tub, vomiting all over our bathroom, incapable of taking care of our children, making multiple verbal threats, physical violence and leaving our house while driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs,” Rhonda wrote.
A hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 where Issac Hunter is expected ti challenge the allegations.


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