Despite a viral podcast documenting his disqualifying behavior, scores of testimonies from his victims, and articles and podcasts at The Roys Report showing his continued cult-like activity, Mark Driscoll remains on the evangelical conference circuit.
Next month, Driscoll is headlining a marriage conference with Jimmy Evans’ XO Marriage at Fellowship Church—Ed Young’s megachurch in Grapevine, Texas. Fellowship is one of the 10 largest churches in America.
Other speakers at the marriage conference include pastors of several churches aligned with the Association of Related Churches or ARC. ARC is known for restoring pastors who have left ministry due to sexual immorality or other sin.
ARC pastors speaking at the conference with Driscoll include American Gospel singer CeCe Winans and her husband, Alvin Love, pastors of Nashville Life Church, an ARC church in Tennessee; Earl and Oneka McClellan, pastors of Shoreline City Church, an ARC church in Texas; Tim and Jen Timberlake, pastors of Celebration Church, an ARC church in South Florida; Dan Lian, teaching pastor at Newspring Church, an ARC church in South Carolina; Jon Chasteen, pastor of Victory Church, an ARC church in Oklahoma.
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As published at The Roys Report, ARC has been named in two lawsuits alleging the organization covered up sexual abuse and/or harassment by ARC pastors. Several ARC pastors also have resigned or taken sabbaticals recently due to sexual scandals.
Though ARC doesn’t have any formal relationship with Driscoll, Gateway Church—the largest ARC church in the United States—and its Pastor Robert Morris were the first to platform Driscoll after Driscoll abruptly resigned from Mars Hill Church in 2014.
At the 2014 Gateway conference, Morris introduced Driscoll and told attendees that while Driscoll had made some mistakes, “most of what you read is not true.”
Morris added, “We have two choices. One is we could crucify him. But since someone has already been crucified for him (applause) the other choice is we could restore him with a spirit of gentleness considering ourselves lest we are also tempted. (applause) And it’s very sad that in the church, we’re the only army that shoots our wounded and I want you to stop it.”
Mark Driscoll at Gateway Conference in 2014
Morris also served as an overseer for The Trinity Church with Jimmy Evans and Randal Taylor, a longtime vice president with Dunham and Company, a leading Christian marketing firm. (Taylor is no longer listed on Dunham’s website but calls to Dunham seeking clarification about Taylor’s employment were not returned.)
A spokesman for Robert Morris told The Roys Report last year that Morris no longer serves as an overseer at Driscoll’s church “but is available if counsel is sought by the church leaders.”
Another ARC church—Echo Church in San Jose, California—sponsored a leadership conference last May featuring Driscoll as a main speaker. Also speaking at the conference were several popular Christian authors like Bianca Olthoff and Nona Jones. The conference also featured Echo Pastors Andy and Stacie Wood and Chad Veach of Zoe Church, and ARC church in Los Angeles, California.
Driscoll is not currently listed as a speaker for the Echo Leadership Conference in 2022, but the website states “additional speakers to be announced.”
North Coast Church, a multi-site ARC megachurch in Southern California, used to regularly invite Driscoll to speak at its annual Sticky Teams Leadership Conferences, led by North Coast Teaching Pastor Larry Osborne.
Osborne served on the board of accountability for Mars Hill Church when Driscoll was investigated by the church and found guilty of a pattern of bullying and arrogance. Driscoll resigned from Mars Hill rather than submit to a restoration plan proposed by Mars Hill elders. Even so, Osborne remained a supporter of Driscoll’s, endorsing his books and inviting Driscoll to conferences.
After The Roys Report published that Driscoll was speaking at the Sticky Teams West Conference in 2020, several sponsors of the conference dropped their support. In 2021, Driscoll did not speak at the North Coast Leadership Conference.
Last year, dozens of former Mars Hill Church elders published a letter, calling for Driscoll to resign from ministry because of “a pattern of sinful actions” making him “presently unfit for serving the church.”
The Roys Report has reached out to Driscoll numerous times for comment, but he has not responded.
*Correction: The original article reported that Fellowship Church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Though multiple outlets state that Fellowship is a member of the SBC, it is not listed as an SBC church at the SBC’s website.