Mark Driscoll’s New Church Kicks Off on Easter Sunday

It’s official: Mark Driscoll will soon be pastoring a new church. This week, the official site of The Trinity Church announced:

[The church] will host its first ever gathering at 5pm on Easter Sunday March 27, 2016, at the Glass and Garden Drive-In Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. In time, we look forward to launching The Trinity Church. In time, we look forward to launching The Trinity Church. In the meantime, we did not want to pass up this historic opportunity to gather for the first time on the 50-year anniversary of the landmark building, which opened on Easter 1966. Even though it’s last minute, as the ink on our rental contract is still wet, we look forward to meeting you at our modest open house and prayer meeting. Pastor Mark will be sharing our church vision as we begin gathering our launch team.

Driscoll is a controversial figure in evangelicalism. After founding Mars Hill Church in Seattle back in 1996, Driscoll became a prominent pastor and author. But, after growing the church to 15 locations and attracting more than 12,000 weekly members at its peak, several high-profile controversies eventually led to the ministry being dissolved in January of last year. Driscoll is currently being sued for racketeering, being accused by several former Mar Hills members for misusing ministry funds and misleading congregants about how their donations were actually being used.

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Driscoll told RNS that the allegations were “false and malicious,” adding, “I’m certain that the most recent examples are without any merit.”

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