Rev. Eric Redmond has resigned from Hillcrest Baptist Church, effective January 14, 2009. Here is his press release:

In a Business Meeting on October 23, 2008, Hillcrest Baptist Church voted, by simple majority, to accept my resignation, ending my tenure at seven years as their pastor, with a final date of service on January 14, 2009. I part from Hillcrest lovingly, without any animosity, acrimony, or accusation toward the members.

I wish to expresses my sincere gratitude to the Lord, and to the leadership and the membership of Hillcrest, for my time of service at Hillcrest Baptist Church. I will be leaving a people I love greatly-a people who have helped me grow in the Lord and kindly given me opportunities to serve in grace.

Please pray for him, his wife, Pam, and their five children (“the five C’s”). Yet another man is dismissed for seeking to follow the Word of God. Melvin Jones has his take on the ordeal in a post here.


[Update: here is some commentary from Jonathan Edwards (aka, Q) and from Thabiti]