Driscoll Attempts To Rewrite History of Mars Hill

By | April 8, 2017

“When he encountered really successful churches, his devotion to the business became a definite longing to return to preaching: he ached to step up, push the minister out of his pulpit, and take charge, instead of sitting back there unnoticed and unadmired, as though he were an ordinary layman.

“These chumps would be astonished if they knew what I am!” he reflected. 

After such an experience it was vexatious on Monday morning to talk with a droning implement-dealer about discounts on manure-spreaders; it was sickening to wait for train-time in a cuspidor-filled hotel lobby when he might have been in a church office superior with books, giving orders to pretty secretaries and being expansive and helpful to consulting sinners.”
-Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis


Mark Driscoll recently appeared on a television program called  “Life Today.” During the interview Driscoll, being the smooth manipulator that he is, attempts to rewrite the history of Mars Hill church wherein he would have us believe he is a victim, not the cause for the demise of Mars Hill.  The entire interview can be seen on Driscoll’s website, but I refuse to direct any web traffic to the narcissistic tyrant’s website.  Instead, I suggest you read about the interview at The Wartburg Watch.  If you go to the link above you will also read many facts about Driscoll which he conveniently forgot to mention.

(Editor’s note: A sharp reader just left a comment informing me that the Driscoll interview can be seen at “Life Today’s” website, thereby sparing one from supporting Driscoll’s website. Here is the link.  Thanks to Kathi!)

There is an enormous amount of truthful information on Mark Driscoll available to those wishing to do even a cursory search.  (None of it flattering to Driscoll.) I have written a few articles which you can find at the following links:

Mark Driscoll Set To Launch His Cult in Scottsdale, AZ

Do You Really Want Mark Driscoll To Be Your Leader?

Additionally, a reader of The Wartburg Watch left the comment below which pointed to two outstanding interviews with former members of Driscoll’s debacle in Seattle.  The little tyrant has thrown hundreds of people under the Mars Hill bus, people who are slowly recovering from the damaging experience.  I have linked directly to the interviews and would encourage all to listen to them.  If you stumbled across this site while conducting research to see whether you think Driscoll’s gathering in Scottdale is someplace you would want to attend I would urge you not to do so.

Mars Hill Church Speaks – an interview with former member Jen Smidt may be heard here.


Mars Hill Church Speaks – an interview with former member Tricia Wilkerson may be heard here. 


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Fundamentalism is what MH and many spiritual abusive churches have in common. This same method of “leadership”can be found there. I was raised in one of these Baptist churches in west Texas. I experienced legalism to nth degree, the pastor’s yes-men, rubber-stamp leadership, separatism (friends should only be with fellow members), verbally berating (before the whole congregation) anyone who dared to disagree with the pastor, shunning anyone who left the church, the attempt to control church member’s life decisions. I am a recovering fundamentalist, and now see how this dysfunctional behavior negatively impacted my relationships, harmed me and others, and most importantly the body of Christ.


Yes, he is rewriting history. Just came across the same exact thing with another mega church I know. But frankly, few people know it’s rewriiten. Only the few that kept up. These guys know there is always a new audience, market niche, etc. it’s what they do for a living.

Driscoll exhibits (and always has) classic sociopathic narcissistic tendencies. (Note I said tendencies for legal reasons.) He is like a ready made public case study. Too bad he will never be officially evaluated.

Bill M

Back in December of 2014, just after leaving an authoritarian church, I was calling about some used network equipment. As the equipment was being sold for pennies on the dollar I inquired why they were selling. I was told they were closing their doors and it was only then that I found out I was speaking to a soon to be ex-employee of Mars Hill. The guy needed to add the reason for the shutdown “it wasn’t a morale failure”.

At the time I was unaware of Mars Hill but the “wasn’t a moral failure” claim raised suspicion and following a short search I came across the Petrys’ story. This began a two year reading that found my experience with abuse and authoritarian leadership in a church was not isolated. I hope the fellow I spoke with back in 2014 has since come to grips with the extensive corruption that was at Mars Hill and recognizes “moral failure” encompasses more than the narrow definition he was laboring with.


The semantics just gall me. I saw the same in other venues using the word “moral” as if it’s not sexual then it’s not really bad behavior. If throwing people under the bus is not a question of morals, then what is it?

Bill M

“I saw the same in other venues using the word “moral” as if it’s not sexual then it’s not really bad behavior.”
I also noted the minimizing that went on and has continued to this day. The claims that Driscol’s behavior does not rise to the level of moral failure is ludicrous given that it exceeds mere moral failure by his premeditation and flagrant abuse. Jesus reserved his harshest criticism for the abusive religious leaders of his day and he didn’t seem preoccupied by the “moral failures”, i.e. sex, that seems to be the modern version of unpardonable sin.

It is also good to see your comments Lydia, I’ve always valued your viewpoint.


Not at all. Please share…it’s a winner!

I remember Driscoll’s knife welding attacker story. The cop friend may have brought the bullet proof jacket to him, who knows. But,I think he told the story to garner sympathy. I doubt he ever wore it, but it sure makes a sensational story!


I’ve kept up on all of the Mars Hill fiasco, but never heard that Driscoll felt the need to wear a bullet proof vest. Really? That seems over the top to me.


For anyone interested in watching the interview, you can watch it on Life Today’s site without giving Driscoll hits on his site: