February 17, 2009
Willow Creek Chicago Pastor Resigns
A satellite pastor in one of the largest churches in the country leaves over 'sexual impurity.'
The pastor of Willow Creek Chicago, megachurch Willow Creek Community Church's city campus, resigned and admitted to "sexual impurity," according to Chicago breaking news.
In 2006, the Rev. Steve Wu began leading Willow Creek Chicago, launching Willow Creek's fifth campus. Willow Creek is the second largest megachurch in the United States with more than 20,000 members, according to a database by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research.
According to the article, a church elder read a statement to the Willow Chicago congregation on January 25 announcing Wu's resignation, saying the pastor "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 that Todd Katter has agreed to serve as interim campus pastor while the church searches for Wu's replacement.