Pastor of Mars Hill Bellevue, Thomas Hurst, Follows Mark Driscoll Out the Door; Church Changes Name to “Bellevue Church”

Thomas Hurst
Thomas Hurst

The big Bellevue campus of Mars Hill Church has filed registration papers under the new name Bellevue Church and is seeking a new lead pastor.

Lead Pastor Thomas Hurst announced his resignation to the congregation during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, two days after Mars Hill announced that it would dissolve with its 13 “campuses” set loose to form new churches, consolidate with other churches or dissolve.

“Hurst told the congregation that he wanted to lead the new Bellevue Church, but he is tired and just can’t do it,” Warren Throckmorton reported on Patheos.

Hurst will continue membership in the new church and is on the Bellevue Church’s board.

“Hurst said the church leadership is looking to find somebody to preach the Bible for the new church,” Throckmorton added.

The Bellevue campus is where controversial Mars Hill co-founder Mark Driscoll announced on Aug. 24 that he was taking an extended, six-week leave of absence for “processing, healing and growth.”

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