At least one of the nine Mars Hill pastors who sent a letter to church leadership last week calling for lead Pastor Mark Driscoll to step down from his position has been terminated.
Pastor Mark Dunford of Mars Hill Portland was terminated on Wednesday, KING-TV reported. Dunford was one of nine pastors who expressed their concern about the state of leadership and the lack of transparency in the megachurch in the letter obtained by blogger Warren Throckmorton, who has tracked Mars Hill developments on the website Patheos.com.
The letter was sent on Aug. 22, two days before Driscoll announced his temporary departure during the end of a church service in Bellevue. Driscoll’s announcement came days after word surfaced that 21 former Mars Hill pastors called for his ouster.
Driscoll started the church in 1996. Since then it has expanded to 15 campuses with 13,000 members in five Western states. He has generated controversy with his sermons about sex, homosexuality and women.
The current pastors’ letter asks that Driscoll step down not only from the pulpit but from all aspects of ministry and leadership, but adds that they “truly desire his full restoration to preaching Pastor of this church.”
“This is not the fault of one person, or even just a small group of people,” the pastors wrote. “We all share in responsibility for this on one way or another, and we must all repent of it together, together calling for our church to step into the light.”
Church leaders could not be reached for comment.