Just days after resigning from the church he founded, Pastor Mark Driscoll emerged at the Gateway Leadership & Worship Conference Monday, with the embattled preacher — known for his oft-times tough guy image — revealing during brief, extemporaneous remarks that he's "cried a lot lately."
Mark Driscoll (Image source: YouTube)
But the former pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, also shared some of the alleged threats that he and his family have faced in recent months.
"We've moved three times for safety issues," Driscoll told the audience. "People arrested at our home, death threats, [threats] posted online. … more recently it's gotten very severe."
The pastor said that he recently found rusty nails placed all over his driveway, among other troubling issues at the family home.
After he, his wife and their five children — who are all between the ages of 8 and 17 — decided to leave town for a few days to get away from the chaos, they returned to face yet another terrifying incident.
Driscoll said that his children insisted one night in camping out in the yard. Despite his hesitation, he said he complied and stayed in the tent with them, but what happened early the next morning forced him to call the police.
"Huge rocks about the size of baseballs come flying at my kids," he said. "Call the police, flee into the house for their safety."
These details in mind, Driscoll asked his fellow conference attendees to pray for his family, describing the issues he has faced in recent months as "a very trying season."
"I've cried a lot lately," he admitted, adding that he had come to the conference to "sing, to pray, to learn, to grow, to repent [and] to heal.
Watch Driscoll's comments below:
Driscoll, who was originally going to deliver the keynote at the annual event before stepping aside, had attended Monday's event as participant. He was invited to the stage by Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Read more about Driscoll's resignation here.
(H/T: Seattle Post-Intelligencer)