Yaaaawn. Another day, another top evangelical resigns in disgrace for being unable to control his pervy unholy urges.
The pastor of Willow Creek Chicago — the city campus of the evangelical megachurch Willow Creek Community Church — has resigned and admitted to “sexual impurity,” a church spokesman said. The pastor, Rev. Steve Wu, could not be reached, and the church would specify what took place. Wu, 43, moved from California’s Silicon Valley in early 2006, hired by senior pastor Rev. Bill Hybels to lead Willow Creek Chicago, the downtown branch of the South Barrington-based church. Under Wu, Willow Creek Chicago began holding Sunday services at the historic Auditorium Theatre in October 2006, becoming Willow Creek’s fifth campus and drawing a diverse congregation of more than 1,200 worshipers to the new church.
Willow Creek Community Church is one of the most influential evangelical churches in the nation with more than 20,000 members who worship at six locations throughout Illinois, as well as an international church community. During Sunday services on Jan. 25, one of the church Elders, Greg Haecker, read a brief statement to the Willow Chicago congregation announcing Wu’s resignation effective immediately. The statement said: “He admitted to sexual impurity and has taken full responsibility for his sin. He has expressed a desire to participate in a restoration process.” The statement also said Todd Katter has agreed to serve as interim campus pastor while the church searches for Wu’s replacement. We would ask you to pray diligently for Steve in these difficult days,” the statement concluded.
The church won’t say what this “sexual impurity” was, exactly. But the good Rev. Wu did used to live in San Francisco. Woo hoo! Wu ho! Pam Spaulding points out that Wu has already been scrubbed from the church’s website. He never existed, people. Move along.
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