Megachurch Leader Mark Driscoll Resigns From Mars Hill Church


SEATTLE – Controversial Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll has resigned from Mars Hill Church, stating that he does not wish to continue to be a distraction to the ministry although a six-week review of charges lodged by others within the church cleared him of moral wrongdoing.

Driscoll submitted a letter to Michael Van Skiak, the chairman of the Board of Advisors and Accountability over Mars Hill Church, on Tuesday.

“By God’s grace I have pastored Mars Hill Church for 18 years. Today, also by God’s grace, and with the full support of my wife Grace, I resign my position as a pastor and elder of Mars Hill,” he wrote. “I do so with profound sadness, but also with complete peace.”

Driscoll thanked the board for concluding that he “had not disqualified [him]self from ministry” following an official review of his leadership, while also acknowledging aspects of his personality that he has needed to repent of through the years.

Written by Heather Clark
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