The Chicago-area founder of one of the nation’s largest evangelical churches is stepping down following allegations he behaved inappropriately with female congregants. The Rev. Bill Hybels announced his retirement at a meeting Tuesday with members of the Willow Creek Community Church. The 66-year-old Hybels told congregants that the allegations against him are “hindering our elders and church staff,” and insisted he had been accused of things he “simply did not do.” A church inquiry cleared him. The Chicago Tribune reported last month that the allegations against Hybels, including lewd comments and unwanted touching of women, stretch back to the 1990s.