Friday, February 28, 2020

Trinity West Seattle looking for lead pastor, David Fairchild no longer going to be lead pastor (lead at CCCW Houston)

On the theme of "where are they now" it was brought to WtH's attention that there's a job opening for lead pastor at Trinity West Seattle, formerly Mars Hill Church West Seattle campus.

https://contextstaffing.com/church-search/trinity-west-seattle-lead-pastor/
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Trinity West Seattle’s congregation is housed in a historic building that is seated at Seattle proper’s highest altitude. God has truly allowed them to be a light on a hill and has done so through many church families over the last 100 years. The current church family is a replant that started in 2015 from the former Mars Hill Church location. God’s provision and the church community’s resilience through that transition is a part of the story, but Trinity West Seattle is looking forward to where God is leading them. They are a non-denominational church and part of the Acts29 church planting network. On Sundays, there is an average of 225 adults and 80 kids. Trinity believes they exist to reflect God’s glory in everything. As God’s people, they are committed to sharing the good news of the Gospel (that God has sent his Son to save a people to himself), forming a redeemed Community, and then sending those people in the world to live on Mission.
Trinity is looking for their next Lead Pastor to preach the Gospel and cast a vision for cultivating mature community groups all over the city who are sent on mission to reflect God’s glory in all of life.
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Back during the Mark Driscoll resignation year David Fairchild was lead at West Seattle but is no longer listed.
http://www.trinityws.com/elders-staff/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pastorfairchild
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Lead Pastor
Christ Community Church West Houston
Oct 2019 – Present  5 months

1303 Sherwood Forest St., Houston, TX 77043

Trinity West Seattle
Lead Pastor
Trinity West Seattle
Jan 2015 – Oct 2019  4 years 10 months

West Seattle Mars Hill Church
Mars Hill Church
3 years 9 months

Lead Pastor
Apr 2011 – Dec 2014  3 years 9 months

Board of Elders
Jun 2012 – Aug 2014  2 years 3 months

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Fairchild explained the transition in a public farewell letter to Trinity dated 8-20-2019:
http://www.trinityws.com/2019/08/30/farewell-letter-from-pastor-david-fairchild/

Farewell Letter to Trinity 
8.29.19 

Dear Trinity West Seattle, 

It is with a mix of joy and sadness I write this farewell letter to you. Grace and I will be moving to Houston, TX at the end of September, as we’ve accepted a call from an Acts 29 church in West Houston (www.c3houston.org). I will greatly miss you and have cherished serving Christ alongside you, our staff, and our elders. You have loved me and our family more than I could have ever hoped or imagined, and it has been one of my greatest privileges to lead and serve you. We’ve shed tears together, worshipped together, and have aimed to know Christ and make Him known together in West Seattle. Your love for Jesus, your steadfastness through difficulty, and your Christlike warmth, have honored our King and have impacted me more than I can adequately express. I echo Paul’s thanks in his letter to the Philippian church: 

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace… Philippians 1:3–7   

I, too, thank my God for you, and will joyfully remember our partnership in the gospel. I am likewise sure that the One who began a good work in you, will most certainly bring it to completion. Jesus occupies His throne, is the Head of His church, and loves you with a never-ending, alwaysandforever love. He is trustworthy and good, and fully able to turn our momentary grief into eternal glory. After all, our goodbyes in this life serve to grow our longing for, and joy in, our promised reunion. I’m praying for a bright and fruitful future at Trinity West Seattle, and am comforted to know you are in godly hands with faithful elders who will lead and serve you well, as they seek to honor their King above all else.   

Until we meet again: May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with every one of you.  

Your Brother in Christ, 

David Fairchild 
 Trinity West seems to be doing decently so far as I can tell and there's a familiar face on staff (not saying which one but the person will know and it's good to see things seem to be going well for that person. :)  )  

There's a lot of musical projects incubating, whether actual music or writing about music, but intermittently chronicling the post-MHC spin-off campuses is something we'll be doing at Wenatchee The Hatchet.  So far it looks like most of the campuses that became independent churches in the wake of the Mars Hill dissolution are going steadily along.  It could be easy for people who weren't paying attention to have an idea that there was nothing but proverbial dust and ashes after Driscoll pulled up stakes and bailed on the Puget Sound region.  In light of recent reportage about the BoE report on Driscoll's qualification it seems as though the not-quite-news was that the Board of Elders concluded Driscoll needed to be restored to a point where he was considered fit to preach and the Board of Overseers opted not to declare Driscoll disqualified from ministry or to even publicly rebuke him, and the restoration plan that Driscoll said he agreed to before he resigned has been discussed.

Since the West Seattle campus building has a history of churches having to buy back their own building from denominational apparatuses more or less twice in the last half century it's a storied place.  If you want to read more about the history of the building Trinity West meets at from the time when it was Mars Hill Church West Seattle follow the tag "west seattle" or "real estate and mars hill" for more background on the campus, some of its leadership, and some sense of what its folks have been through.  

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