Sutton Turner Names Attorney and Responds to Mars Hill RICO Lawsuit

Sutton Turner's Seattle attorney has notified the court and Turner notified plaintiff's attorney that service would be accepted on the RICO lawsuit naming him and Mark Driscoll as defendants.* They are accused of running the church in a manner to financially benefit the leaders, especially Mark Driscoll.In response to the suit, Turner exclusively provided the following statement via email:For over a month, I have offered to meet with the Jacobsens and Kildeas. Unfortunately, they h … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s The Trinity Church Holds Open House Amid Protest

Four protesters and at least one news crew greeted Mark Driscoll's debut in Phoenix on Sunday evening.According to one protester, the police arrived to tell the picketers that the sidewalk was public property. On person on the scene estimated that about 40 cars were in the parking lot about 15 minutes before the service, some with Washington plates. Another thought more like 70 cars were in the lot by the beginning of the service.Driscoll was interviewed by Jeff Van Sant at … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Executive Pastor Sutton Turner Comments on RICO Lawsuit

Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner are the defendants in a RICO lawsuit filed by two former Mars Hill Church couples. Driscoll recently spoke out and called the charges "false and malicious" and "without any merit."This morning, co-defendant in the suit -- former executive elder Sutton Turner -- responded to the matter on his blog.  About the suit, Turner said: As time has passed, I have watched the pursuit of legal actions by my brothers and sisters towards the Church and former leaders. I … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Responds Briefly to RICO Lawsuit; He’s Talking to God but Apparently Not to His Former Members

Mark Driscoll has found his voice to respond briefly to Religion News Service about the RICO lawsuit. “Unfortunately, false and malicious allegations continue to be made against me,” Driscoll said in an email to RNS Thursday (March 3). “I’m certain that the most recent examples are without any merit.”“I remain focused and devoted to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, loving others, and praying for my enemies,” Driscoll said. I may never understand why this energy hasn't been spent on rea … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Looking for a Meeting Place for The Trinity Church

Ho-hum.In a email sent to supporters today, Driscoll details what he is looking for in a meeting place:  Howdy everyone,I want to thank all of you who have been praying for and connecting with Mark Driscoll Ministries. I’m on the road teaching this week, but I look forward to returning home to catch some sun and spring training baseball games with my family.We are in the first steps of planting The Trinity Church in the greater Phoenix area. As we continue to make plans, m … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll’s Books in a Mars Hill Ballard Graveyard

Mars Hill Ballard Campus was put on the market in October 2014 and then sold in early 2015 for $9-million. When the building changed hands to Quest Church in Seattle, the contents were abandoned by Mars Hill's leadership. One casualty was Mark Driscoll's book A Call to  Resurgence, left behind in bulk during the Mars Hill rapture.That is a lot of money in books. It is surprising that Mars Hill's leadership did not either donate or sell these books. Most likely, they were purchased or … [Read more...]

Phoenix Public Radio Features Mark Driscoll and RICO Lawsuit

KJZZ, Phoenix public radio, today released a feature on Mark Driscoll and the RICO lawsuit. In a move which isn't likely to sit well with Phoenix media, Driscoll again declined to speak to the Phoenix press.The audio and article are somewhat different so check out both. You can hear the audio by going to the article. From Jacob McAuliffe's report: The Trinity Church is in its early stages of development. All it has is a website, some online supporters and a video message from founder Mark … [Read more...]

RICO Lawsuit Filed Against Former Leaders of Mars Hill Church; ECFA Named As Co-Conspirator

The long anticipated suit from a group of former members against former leaders of Mars Hill Church was filed today in the U.S District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. Attorney Brian Fahling filed suit on behalf of plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea.The plaintiffs accuse defendants Mark Driscoll and Sutton Turner of engaging in a continuing pattern of racketeering activity by soliciting, through the internet and the mail, contributions … [Read more...]