(RNS) — Popular Christian author Shauna Niequist has apologized for her silence following the allegations against her father Bill Hybels, the founding pastor of suburban Chicago megachurch Willow Creek Community Church.

Niequist spoke out about the allegations for the first time in a long Instagram caption posted Monday (Feb. 22) accompanying a simple image with the words “An apology.”

“I apologize for my silence & for all that it communicated. I’m so sorry. I continue to grieve alongside every person who’s grieving,” she wrote.

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Hybels retired early from Willow Creek in 2018 after he was accused of sexual misconduct stretching back more than 20 years by several women who worked for or attended

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