We built this site to provide a safe place in which we can confess our sin and share the stories and experiences we had while serving and attending Mars Hill Church. Our hope is to bring about repentance for ourselves and reconciliation with people whom we have hurt. If you are one of those people please connect with us personally through email. You can also comment on the posts. Each one of the people who has written in the confessions section has an email address at this url. The email addresses are firstname.lastname@repentantpastor.com Thank you for reading our confessions, letters, stories, and apologies.

Each of these posts are confessions from Mars Hill leaders and members who agree that the culture of Mars Hill is toxic, is run on power, fear and control, and that more could have been done to challenge those attitudes and behaviors. In staying at Mars Hill, we were complicit in those structures whether we employed fear, power and control or not. We recognize and confess that Mars Hill has hurt many people within the Mars Hill community, as well as those outside the community including those who don’t believe Mars Hill’s religious beliefs, and we want to acknowledge the hurt Mars Hill has caused. We humbly ask your forgiveness. These are our individual stories and apologies.

This site has gone up recently and there may be quite a bit more to come but something pertinent to the 2007 trials of Paul Petry and Bent Meyer is worth linking to directly:


On March 28th 2014 Dave Kraft posted this confession to his personal Face Book page
To All:

What I’m about to say has been a long time coming…way too long. Dating back to around 2007, I am guilty of not speaking up for, and defending some brothers who were terminated at Mars Hill Church. Quite to the contrary, I was in the group that saw to it that they left.

I don’t recall all the details and don’t remember exactly what or how it happened.

What I do know is that these men were unfairly terminated. The way it was communicated and the way these fellow elders were treated was not biblical, not fair, not helpful to Mars Hill Church, not helpful to them and their precious families and did not help further the purposes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I want to name these elders:
1 Paul Petry
2. Bent Meyer
3. Lief Moi

I am both ashamed and repentant for my part, my silence and my cowardice. I ask the three of you for your forgiveness for waiting too long to own my sin in what happened to you and to your families.
I am deeply and genuinely sorry and sad. I regret that it has taken me so long to recognize this and to speak out.

I, along with some others, are working on a “Repentance and Reconciliation” process to deal more thoroughly with your cases and others of a similar nature.
Dave Kraft

Wenatchee The Hatchet is aware of private reconciliation on the part of a number of former pastors of Mars Hill with Paul Petry over the 2007 trial process but this might be the first public confession and statement of remorse over participation in that process and since Dave Kraft was on the Elder Investigative Taskforce Munson had set up in 2007 this confession is particularly important.

If Jamie Munson, Scott Thomas, Gary Shavey, and Steve Tompkins want to make public statements about their roles in setting up the EIT and the results of its findings they're welcome to say something any time. Perhaps we can finally get an actual explanation for why firing just two of twenty-four elders was "both necessary and inevitable". 

Meanwhile, there are confessions from Lief Moi, Scott Mitchell, Dave Kraft, and Kyle Firstenberg