Rick Warren, the Lead pastor, and overseer of the 25,000 members, 14 campus Saddleback Church has announced his retirement and has appointed his successor- a husband and wife team who will both serve as pastors in the church.
Warren has recently seen a resurgence from discernment ministries after a few years on the outs. He is famous for peddling to the church the poison and spiritual strychnine that is The Purpose Driven Life for over four decades- a damaging and unbiblical theology that has seeped into tens of thousands of churches, becoming part of their identity.
Over the last few he raise eyebrows for announcing they were having a “Blacks Only worship service” where no white members were allowed in, so the “black fold” could have a “safe space” to “heal,” for blasting white Christians for having no discernment and not caring about black people and for announcing they were starting to ordain women pastrixes, despite being a part of the SBC.
In a video message, Rick Warren announced that they appointed Andy Wood to be lead pastor. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has worked SBC’s North American Mission Board. He is currently the pastor of Echo Church in San Jose, California, a congregation of about 3000 people and his Stacie is also a teaching pastor at Echo Church, and will continue in that role at her new church.
To the announcement that the notorious Warren is stepping down and appointing a pastor and a pastrix to lead, former SBC president and Summit Church Pastor J.D. Greear offered his congratulations and lifted up Warren as a model for all Christians to emulate, saying that he had “faithfully run this race in front of all of us.”
It’s a terrible and shameful take, but given that J.D. Greear has no clue what it means to be faithful, we are not surprised.