Mark Connelly update: Pastor of Gilbert church resigns over affairs

GILBERT, AZ - A large church in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert says its married lead pastor has resigned after confessing to engaging in extramarital affairs with more than one woman from the congregation.

Interim pastor Gary Sutliff says Mark Connelly was confronted about the affairs and submitted his resignation as lead pastor of Mission Community Church after it was requested.

Sutliff says the church is concerned about all of those involved and is providing them with counseling and other resources.

The congregation will pick a new permanent lead pastor from its leadership.

More than 6,000 people attend services of the church.

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