Friday, October 04, 2013

Mars Hill Rainier Valley and Willie Wilson, one of the shorter pastoral careers in the history of the church

Wenatchee The Hatchet was notified via comments that Willie Wilson is no longer among the pastors of Mars Hill.  Wilson was at Rainier Valley as a pastor and that's a campus that we've not discussed yet in much detail.  Driscoll mentioned in the June 2012 financial update that Mars Hill Rainier Valley was running the lowest deficit of all the churches and he pointed out that that's where the single moms and poor people are.  Ah, right, but see there may be an even more important detail that wasn't mentioned, that's a "campus" that is using borrowed real estate from the Union Gospel Mission, if memory serves.  You'll run the lower deficit if your congregation only has to rent rather than own because a lot of the property upkeep can be handled by the people who DO own the real estate. 

Evidence of Wilson's role can still be found in a few spots.
January 27, 2013
Willie Wilson is the new lead pastor for Mars Hill Rainier Valley. Scripture is filled with "one another" statements such as: encourage one another, serve one another, love one another, and bear one another's burdens. That's what life in the church looks like. Pastor Willie has a passion and vision for building community in the name of Jesus. Find out more information on Mars Hill Rainier Valley.

In case you missed it, watch last month's Mars Hill Monthly and read about what Jesus did at our student camp.
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Don't bother with the video.  It's gone. 

Jevon Washington was listed as a deacon helping Wilson over here.

It looks like Wilson may have preached as recently as late July 2013 according to this cached page.

From an earlier date, a cache of content from late 2012.

The following cache is to a video that was on a post July 25, 2013.  The video is now marked private.

Still just as private when linked to in a tweet by Sutton Turner over here.

The last thing with Willie Wilson's name on it that Wenatchee The Hatchet managed to spot was this:

No sign of Wilson in the pastoral roster these days.  If he's still at Mars Hill it would likely be just as a member.  Then again, it isn't always a given that just because a man isn't shown as a pastor in public listings that he isn't still a pastor at Mars Hill in some capacity.  Wilson is probably no longer a pastor but ...


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