Pastor Tony Evans Remarried in 2023 and Is Now Stepping Down From His Church

Tony Evans remarried four years after the death of his first wife.


Jun. 13 2024, Published 10:50 a.m. ET

Those who follow evangelical radio host Dr. Tony Evans were shocked by the news that he had decided to step down from his role as the senior pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. Tony made the announcement and said that it was because of a sin he had committed years ago, but he didn't offer any additional details.

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Following the news that Tony would be stepping down from that role, many wanted to learn more about his new wife. Here's what we know about their relationship, and about why Tony has decided to step down.

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Who is Tony Evans's new wife?

Tony's first wife, Lois Evans, died in 2019 at the age of 70 after a battle with bile duct cancer.

“As she slipped away, we told her how much we love her, how proud we are of her, and how thankful we are for the life she has lived," Tony wrote in a Facebook post following her death. “We are what we are because of her.”

The two shared four children together.

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Four years later, Tony married Carla Crummie in November 2023. Carla worked as an educator and volunteer before their relationship. According to her church bio, she also worked as a kindness ambassador for a Christian Bible teaching and resource ministry.

"Carla’s personal vision is centered around supporting widows and children, as well as encouraging women and pastors’ wives to fulfill their God-given roles and responsibilities with joy," the website says.

Tony stepped down from the church because of a sin.

Tony, who was also the founder of Oak Cliff, made the announcement that he would step down without offering much explanation as to why.

"The foundation of our ministry has always been our commitment to the Word of God as the absolute supreme standard of truth to which we are to conform our lives," his statement read. "When we fall short of that standard due to sin, we are required to repent and restore our relationship with God."

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"A number of years ago, I fell short of that standard. I am, therefore, required to apply the same biblical standard of repentance and restoration to myself that I have applied to others," he continued. "I have shared this with my wife, my children, and our church elders, and they have lovingly placed their arms of grace around me. While I have committed no crime, I did not use righteous judgment in my actions."

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"In light of this, I am stepping away from my pastoral duties and am submitting to a healing and restoration process established by the elders. This will afford me a needed time of spiritual recovery and healing," he added.

Tony also took steps to encourage those in his congregation to stay loyal to the church and to God.

"As we walk this journey together, keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith," he told his congregation. It's unclear what may be next for the pastor now.

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