Religion News Service is reporting that Mark Driscoll has officially resigned from Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Driscoll grew famous for his forceful preaching style but had recently drawn controversy for accusations of plagiarism and bullying. He had announced plans to take a leave of absence for six weeks some time ago, before being removed from the Acts 29 Church network he once led. Mars Hill Church reportedly did not ask Driscoll to resign, and expressed surprise at his decision.

“Recent months have proven unhealthy for our family—even physically unsafe at times—and we believe the time has now come for the elders to choose new pastoral leadership for Mars Hill,” Driscoll wrote in his resignation letter. “I do not want to be the source of anything that might detract from our church’s mission to lead people to a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” Read the full text of his letter here