Saddleback Church Elders Endorse Rick Warren’s Successor Andy Wood After Investigating Allegations

From left, Kay and Rick Warren, Andy and Stacie Wood. (Screenshot credit: Saddleback Church/YouTube)
From left, Kay and Rick Warren, Andy and Stacie Wood. (Screenshot credit: Saddleback Church/YouTube)

The elders of the Saddleback Church announced a preliminary investigation has cleared Andy Wood, Rick Warren’s recently announced successor after allegations were made by a former staff member who worked at the church Wood currently leads.

Saddleback reports it had already conducted extensive research about Wood and is continuing its due diligence to ensure he is a man of godly character.

As CBN News reported on June 3, Warren, senior pastor of one of the country’s most dynamic megachurches, announced he would be retiring after four decades of leading Saddleback just as soon as a successor could be found.

After a year’s search from 100 potential candidates and much prayer, the Saddleback leadership selected Andy Wood, as their new pastor of the megachurch which is located in Orange County, California. Wood, 40, has been leading Echo Church in San Jose along with his wife Stacie, who’s also a teaching pastor at Echo.

Like Saddleback, Echo Church has ties to the Southern Baptist Convention. Religion News Service (RNS) reports the church has four campuses and draws about 25,000 people to weekly services. Wood is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has also worked with church planters through the SBC’s North American Mission Board.

After Warren made the announcement of Wood’s hiring at Saddleback, a former Echo Church staff member posted comments criticizing Wood’s style of leadership on social media.

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Source: CBN