The leaders of The Journey Church in St. Louis have announced they are removing Pastor Darrin Patrick from office at The Journey and “requir[ing] him to step down from all internal and external leadership positions.”
In addition to being the pastor of The Journey, Darrin Patrick has filled numerous other roles over the years, including vice president of Acts 29 Network and a council member of The Gospel Coalition. More recently, he was supposed to speak at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Conference, which was held April 11-12.
In a letter explaining the situation to their members, The Journey wrote Patrick was asked to step down, not because of adultery, but because he “did violate the high standard for elders in marriage through inappropriate meetings, conversations and phone calls with two women (I Tim. 3.2).” More succinctly, they cited “historical patterns of sin” and “other deep sin patterns in Darrin that do not reflect the biblical qualifications for an elder.”
The end of the letter includes a statement from Patrick, who takes a remorseful tone and offers an apology for “the pain that my sin is causing you, as well as the broken trust that my sin has clearly produced.” He goes on to say, “I am a completely devastated man, utterly broken by my sin and in need of deep healing.”
Even in the closing of the letter, Patrick points people to the hope and redemption found in Christ, reminding the congregation that God “loves us completely in spite of our sin, delights in us when we are at our weakest, and that He is, indeed, the restorer and healer of all brokenness.”
Many will find the news shocking considering Patrick’s prominent role, not only at The Journey but also among broader evangelicalism. His removal from leadership evokes memories of others, like Mark Driscoll (the founder of Acts 29 and Mars Hill Church), who also resigned after being confronted by leadership at his church.
Please join us in praying for Darrin Patrick, his family and all those impacted by this change.