XXXChurch Founder Craig Gross is Stepping Down After 17 Years and Handing Over the Ministry to Former Porn Star and Her Husband Brittni and Rich De La Mora

Outgoing XXXchurch Pastor Craig Gross and his wife Jeanette (right couple) and new church leaders, Brittni and Rich De La Mora (L). | XXXchurch

Pastor Craig Gross, founder of XXXchurch in Pasadena, California, a ministry that empowers individuals to break free from their pornography addictions, announced that he is leaving the ministry after 17 years and is handing it over to former porn star Brittni and Rich De La Mora.

“Through prayer earlier this year, I heard the Lord say, ‘Give XXXchurch to Brittni and Rich De La Mora to lead.’ Brittni is a former porn star we met while she was still in the industry, and we fostered a relationship with her as she began hers with Christ. What God has done in her life in the last seven years is nothing short of a beautiful miracle,” Gross said in a statement Friday on how he decided on the ministry’s next leaders.

“She knows the Bible inside and out and is an incredible depiction of redemption. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that God is calling her here. Three years ago Brittni married Rich, a pastor she became friends with after she left the industry. Rich comes from a family of ministers; he has a compassionate heart and loves XXXchurch.”

Gross, who recently embarked on a new controversial mission to sell and promote marijuana for Christians through Christian Cannabis, said he had been thinking about moving on from the ministry since 2013, around the same time he got his medical marijuana card. He noted, however, that “for the last six years of my life, I have tried to figure out what I am running towards.”

On April 20, Gross launched Christian Cannabis at the Coachella music festival for its cultural significance as Christians around the world observed Easter.

“Today feels like 2002, like XXXchurch did. Putting three Xs in front of the word church is similar to putting the word Christian in front of cannabis. It’s the dumbest thing. I’ve thought about this for so long, everyone hates the name … but I needed it to be so clear and so direct. … It means Christians talking about cannabis. It doesn’t mean we have better holy spiritual weed than you do. There’s not such a thing. So I thought, let’s just have fun with it and call it what it is because this will hone in on the conversation for our market. Our market is Christians that love the Lord,” he told The Christian Post earlier this year.

And as he moves toward his cannabis business, he believes Brittni and her husband will take XXXchurch further than he can today.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair