Press Release: Eric & Candace Johnson Resign as Senior Pastors of Bethel Church, Redding
November 22, 2020 Update
Eric and Candace Johnson have served in leadership roles at Bethel Church in Redding, CA for the last 18 years, including serving as Senior Pastors since 2011. They said “yes” with forever in mind and for nearly 10 years, they invested strength and leadership into the role of helping to foster a vibrant church with a global impact. Our Senior Leadership Team, Board, staff, and church family have deep love, honor, and respect for these two dynamic leaders.
With much prayer and counsel, Eric and Candace have decided that this chapter of serving as Senior Pastors has drawn to a close, and on Sunday, November 22, 2020, they publicly announced their resignation. Their decision has been prayerfully considered and thought through for several months. They were not asked or pressured to resign. There was no moral failure, inciting incident, pandemic or political fatigue, theological difference, or issue of health or capacity involved. Rather, this is about courage, strength, and faith, as they have an inner sense that this role is no longer the right fit for them in this season of their lives.
“We are family, and we will always be a part of this movement. While this decision may feel odd and unexpected, there is a deep sense of peace. We are anchored in hope, and believe that the best is yet to come, both for us and for the future of Bethel,” say Eric and Candace.
While there is sadness in this transition, we are incredibly grateful that Eric and Candace will continue to serve through the end of January 2021, working closely with the rest of Bethel’s leadership team to create as smooth of a transition as possible for our Bethel Church family and staff. This will allow some time to connect with the church family on the other side of this announcement. They created and empowered an excellent Church Leadership Team who will continue to lead alongside the Senior Leadership Team.
At this time, Eric and Candace don’t know what is next for them. They are trusting in God’s goodness as they finish one assignment and await the next. We look forward to them preaching at Bethel services and conferences on occasion in the months and years to come. The Senior Leadership Team and church board will be providing an interim plan in the near future, but will take time with the Lord and one another concerning a long term strategy.
We love and support Eric and Candace in their faithfulness and obedience to follow the Lord. They are, in every way, family, and are trusted leaders in close relationship with this house.
“We know this was not an easy decision for Eric and Candace to make. And yet, know that as a Senior Leadership Team, we fully support them in their decision to resign as the Senior Pastors of Bethel Church here in Redding. And while there is sadness in this transition, we remain expectant and full of hope for this next season: for them and for us.” – Bill Johnson, Bethel Church Senior Leader
To watch a video from Bethel’s Senior Leadership Team sharing this announcement, or to learn more, visit www.bethel.com/ericandcandace
About Bethel Church Redding
Founded in 1954 and previously a part of the Assemblies of God, Bethel Church is a non-denominational church in Redding, California with a congregation of over 11,000 people (including members, regular attendees, students, and children) in a city of approximately 91,000. To learn more about Bethel, including our Statement of Faith, service times, and to hear messages, visit bethel.com.