A pastor who has been preaching at a Texas church for more than 20 years has resigned "in the interest of Christ."
Todd Wagner, senior pastor and co-founder of Watermark Community Church (WCC) in Dallas officially resigned from his position on Apr. 17 and shared the news in a video posted to the church's website last month, according to the Christian Post.
"We are fully convinced that today, in the interest of Christ, for me and for my family, and for Watermark in this next season, it would be best served by me ending my season in serving as pastoral elder of Watermark Community Church," Wagner says in the video.
The resignation came three weeks after another elder resigned from his position in the church. David Leventhal indicated that his resignation on Mar. 26 was a result of lack of confidence in Wagner's leadership.
Last September, Wagner announced he was taking a break from the pulpit because he was guilty of a "sin of pride."
"For the first time in 20 years, I'm stepping back from what I usually do so I can do the hard work of hard work. So don't be looking for some scandal. Don't even think this is scandalous. What is scandalous is when a Christian plays with, overlooks or welcomes sin, respectable or not," the Christian Post reported Wagner told members of the church.
"I thank God I have friends to help me. Pride kills," Wagner says.
In November 1999, the church was first established by Wagner and a small group of friends. WCC now has two campuses and averages about 11,000 congregants each week. Leventhal and his family had been part of the church since it began.
A statement was issued by church elders Kyle Thompson and Mickey Friedrich Sunday announcing Wagner's resignation.
"We believe both men are seeking to be faithful to the Lord and honor one another in this process," the elders say. "At the same time, we land at a different place than David and Todd regarding why we have arrived here. After hundreds of hours of conversations over several months, every member of the Elder team, Elder Emeritus team, and the various community groups involved all affirm these decisions."
The statement goes on to say that despite the a "challenging season," David and Todd are "at peace together," and the two will continue to serve together on the church's Elder Emeritus team.
Thompson and Friedrich also reported a new elder candidate had been selected.