Mark A. Driscoll is an American evangelical Christian pastor and author who serves as Senior & Founding Pastor of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.In 1996, Driscoll co-founded Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. As of March 2014, Mars Hill Church had 14,000 members in five states and fifteen locations. He also founded The Resurgence and co-founded other parachurch organizations, including Acts 29 Network, Churches Helping Churches, and The Gospel Coalition. He has written for the "Faith and Values" section of the Seattle Times, OnFaith, and the Fox News website. Driscoll has also authored a number of popular Christian books.
Driscoll was described as "an evangelical bad boy, a gifted orator and [a] charismatic leader", and as "hip yet hard-line". He is known for promoting "culturally relevant" yet theologically conservative Christianity. He favors "vintage" aesthetics and a "down to earth", yet at times "aggressive", preaching style. Controversy has often surrounded his complementarian view of gender roles, Calvinist theology, perceived misogyny, plagiarism accusations, and the culture of fear that allegedly once supported his ministerial authority.In the summer of 2014, he faced public criticism and formal complaints from Mars Hill staff members and congregants due to his perceived abusive behavior. In August 2014, the Board of Acts 29 Network removed him from its membership and urged him to step down from ministry. On October 14, 2014, Driscoll resigned from Mars Hill Church. Within three months of Driscoll's resignation, Mars Hill Church was dissolved, with individual congregations becoming independent, merging with other churches, or disbanding.On February 1, 2016, Driscoll opened The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona.