After much prayer, discussion, input, and consideration, Eric and Candace Johnson have decided to transition out of being the Senior Pastors and on the Senior Leadership Team of Bethel Church after nearly ten years of service in that role, and 18 years in leadership positions at Bethel. As of February 2021, they will officially step down.
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.