Two weeks ago, my friend Matt Chandler made a visit to Seattle on his way to Nashville for our Gospel Project webcast. The reason why is now public. Matt will be the new Acts 29 president. You can read the announcement and other information here.
Mars Hill has invested much time and resources in Acts 29, building on the partnership work they had with David Nicholas (a good friend who died last year) and Spanish River Church. Mark Driscoll shares a bit of the history of Acts 29 in his statement here:
As a young church planter I wanted a tribe to belong to. So, I started gathering a few other young church planters for mutual learning, accountability, and encouragement. Before long, Mars Hill Church was formally supporting church planters in both the U.S. and India. Then, I met Pastor David Nicholas, whose Spanish River Church had generously supported church planters for many years. Together, we founded the Acts 29 church-planting network.
For the first years, the network offices were housed in Florida, as David served as our president. Then the offices were moved to Seattle when I assumed the presidency. Since that time, David has passed on to see the Jesus he loved face to face, and Acts 29 has grown rapidly, now totaling more than 400 churches in the U.S., as well as international church planting involvement. Since then, other qualified men have taken the reins of Acts 29 and run with the vision David and I had years ago.
Mark then shared that Matt Chandler will be the new President of Acts 29. Matt is a tremendous brother and I pray for him and for my Acts 29 friends as they take the next steps together.