A racketeering lawsuit was filed by former members of the disbanded Mars Hill Church against former Senior Pastor Mark Driscoll.
The plaintiffs want answers to their question of what happened to their tithes totaling $30 million. The Daily Beast reports they sued former elder John Sutton Turner and Driscoll for funding Driscoll’s book Real Marriage with money for the church. They also accused them of running a crime syndicate.
Last April, Brian Jacobsen, a defendant in the lawsuit started a GoFundMe page to fund the suit.
“It is time for Christians everywhere to stand up and say, ‘Enough!! We will no longer put up with pastors who reach for honor for themselves and who enrich themselves at the expense and harm of those they claim to be shepherding!'” Jacobsen posted on the page.
“When leaders in the Church choose to stay silent, others must speak up. Paul’s mandate to Timothy regarding leaders who persist in certain sins (1 Timothy 5:19-20) must not be ignored by the Church. Most of those who were leaders at Mars Hill Church have chosen to remain silent.
“Please help us discover and make clear the truth about what happened at Mars Hill Church by contributing to this fund for a RICO lawsuit against the former top leaders of Mars Hill.”
When reached for comment, Some one from Driscoll’s ministry denied knowledge of any legal action saying, “Pastor Mark Driscoll has not been served any legal complaint and cannot comment until he has been.”
After Mars Hill church dissolved, Driscoll moved from Seattle to Phoenix to launch Trinity Church.