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Updated Jan 7, 2014 - 11:30 am

Pastor of suburban Phoenix church resigns over affairs

GILBERT, Ariz. — A large church in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert said 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 said Mark Connelly was confronted about the affairs
and submitted his resignation as lead pastor of Mission Community Church after
it was requested.

The church addressed the issue on its website with a video and statement.

Sutliff said 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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