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From Pastor Alex Early:
Mars Hill Ballard,
There’s a lot going on here at Ballard and across all of our churches. I really believe the best is yet to come!
I want to let you know about some changes that occurred recently at Mars Hill Downtown Seattle that affect our church family, particularly the Ballard family as we are so close to Downtown and have many friends who attend there as well. As you will read below from the Executive Elders, Tim Gaydos, Lead Pastor of Mars Hill Downtown Seattle feels that he and his wife Brittany are being called into a new season of ministry away from Mars Hill. We love Tim and we are excited for his future, but this transition has come as a surprise to the elders.
In order to care for the church continue God’s mission, the Executive Elders have put together a interim plan as they look for a replacement Lead Pastor. Below is a message that was posted to the Downtown Seattle church, and I wanted to share it with you so that you are up to speed as well. Please be praying for our brothers and sisters at Mars Hill Downtown Seattle, as well as for our Executive Elders.
Dear Mars Hill Downtown Seattle,
If you were able to join us for the Member’s Meeting tonight, thank you for giving us your time on such short notice. We wanted to share the following statements from Tim Gaydos, the Downtown Seattle Elders, and the Executive Elders for those of you who were unable to make it.
From Tim Gaydos:
For the past seven years it has been a great joy and privilege to be a part of what God is doing at Mars Hill Church. These last few weeks Brittany and I have spent a great deal of time praying and discerning God’s call upon our lives for the future and what would be the best use of my gifts and skills. It is bitter sweet as we announce that we believe God is moving us on to something new. Therefore, I have decided to resign my position as Lead Pastor of Mars Hill Downtown Seattle.
We believe God has made it clear to us that we have a new season of life and ministry ahead of us. This was a very hard decision for Brittany and I, as we do love the people of Mars Hill so dearly. Although we are very confident that you will continue to be cared for by the leadership at Mars Hill.
We are praying about the next steps for us, and as we step out in faith we are asking God to walk with us through this next season. I know that God has great things in store for you in the future, and I know we will always treasure the years we had together. We are very grateful for the relationships and friendships that God has provided for us over the years. I know it may be hard for some to understand our decision, and maybe some of you have had those moments in your life where something seemed so illogical, but you know it’s something you have to do. We will miss you all very much.
– Tim Gaydos
From Pastor Jamie Munson, on behalf of the Downtown Seattle Elders:
As elders of the Downtown Seattle church, many of us who have known Tim and Brittany for many years, we are saddened to hear about Tim’s decision to step down as Lead Pastor. We are so grateful for what God has done at Downtown, and for the amazing ways he’s worked through his people and through Tim Gaydos. This church has grown from just a few hundred, to more than 1500 under Tim’s leadership. It continues to grow and we look forward to the day when we will soon fill every seat in this beautiful building.
One thing that we want to make clear is that Tim Has not committed any sin, or done anything that would disqualify him as an elder. Tim has been a great leader, and a great friend. He will be missed, and we will have a hard time filling his shoes, but we are very confident that God will continue to bless this church.
– Pastor Jamie Munson and the Downtown Seattle elders
From the Executive Elders:
Mars Hill, we are also very sad to see our good friend Tim move on from Mars Hill. It is not our desire for Tim to leave, as we love the Gaydos family very much, and we believe Tim is well suited for this job. We would prefer that Tim remain as the Lead Pastor of Mars Hill Downtown Seattle indefinitely, especially in light of the recent relocation to the heart of downtown, the growing influence of the church, and our big Easter celebration broadcasting live from the Downtown church in just a few weeks.
However, Tim believes it is time for him to move onto something else. While Tim offered to stay on staff until a replacement is found, the executive elders met with Tim and made the decision that it would be in the best interest of the church for his resignation to take effect immediately, and the Downtown Seattle elders concurred with the decision. We love him and his family and we don’t want them to suffer through this transition, so we have offered him 3 months of severance, and will continue to pay for his medical benefits through the birth of their new baby.
The news of Tim Gaydos leaving Mars Hill was unexpected and unforeseen, so we’ve put together an interim plan to care for you as we seek a new leader. As a church family, this is a very important time for us to care for each other and not be divisive, as we seek a leader who can lovingly and firmly lead this church towards embracing the mission and vision of Mars Hill, and what God has in store for one of our largest churches. As we consider the best candidate to lead the Downtown Seattle church, Pastor AJ Hamilton has accepted the responsibility to step in as the interim Lead Pastor of Downtown Seattle. Pastor AJ is a trustworthy and hardworking pastor that recently relocated to Bellevue from Mars Hill Albuquerque to lead our Community Groups ministry across all 14 churches. Pastor AJ was lead pastor of Mars Hill Albuquerque, so you are in very good hands.
To provide support for Pastor AJ, Pastor Jason Skelton from our Bellevue church has joined the leadership team at Downtown Seattle as Executive Pastor. Our Bellevue church has been blessed with very gifted leaders and is one of our strongest and most stable churches. Lead Pastor Thomas Hurst will remain at Bellevue and has a wonderful team of elders to support our mission on the Eastside. We believe these changes will provide you with a very strong leadership team to help care for the church during this transition. It is our desire to find a permanent Lead Pastor as soon as we can.
Mars Hill, we love you very much and we encourage you to stand strong during this season. This is a great time to step up to leadership, take on a serving role, or become a member of the church. We need faithful servants and humble leaders to carry the mission forward. Please pray and consider where God may have you serve. To come and serve Downtown, Pastor Mark will also begin preaching live from Downtown Seattle more often, as well as preaching live from Bellevue. We hope that these leadership changes are encouraging to you, as we have been very blessed with gifted leaders who love this church very much.
Lastly, we know that transitions like this can be unsettling, particularly within a church that loves it’s elders as much as the people of Mars Hill do. Please join us in praying for our church to stay strong and continue to grow through this season. We believe a revival is coming to Seattle, and there’s nothing the enemy wants more than for our church to turn on itself or flee when there’s any sign of difficult times. We look forward to the amazing things God has in store for our church, particularly Mars Hill Downtown Seattle, and we’d like to encourage each of you as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
For God’s glory,
Pastor Dave Bruskas, Pastor Sutton Turner, and Pastor Mark Driscoll