Mike Trout, for 15 years co-host of "Focus on the Family" with Dr. James Dobson, abruptly resigned from his position as senior vice president of broadcasting for the popular ministry organization.
"We would not be prepared to discuss anything of a speculative nature about any of our employees at any time," Paul Hetrick, Focus vice president of media relations, told Christianity Today in a telephone interview. "That's why the reasons are called personal."
Trout was not available for comment and is not listed in the Colorado Springs directories. He had a 30-year career in radio, and wrote two books, including one about a cross-country bicycle trip. That venture led to "Bike for the Family," a national campaign of bike runs to raise money for Focus.
An official statement released by the group, said Trout "will still be heard from time-to-time on pre-recorded programs."
Trout's departure comes during a challenging time for the controversial ministry. Dobson, a former Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, is noted in American society for conservative political and social views; he has been portrayed as a "kingmaker" in some political circles, and the group has sponsored outreaches to homosexuals urging them to seek deliverance from their behavior and to teenagers advocating abstinence from sex before marriage.
It was Focus' "Love Wins Out" ministry to gays and lesbians which drew national media attention in the past two weeks when employee John Paulk, a self-described former "drag queen" was spotted in a Washington, D.C. "gay bar." Paulk, a board member and official of Exodus International, an ex-gay ministry, was dropped from his office in that group and is on suspension ...