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Mars Hill To Close 3 Locations - Time for a Property Update

In light of Mars Hill Church closing three campuses, I thought this might be a good time to examine how many campuses are actually owned by Mars Hill Church.

Mars Hill Church, a Washington nonprofit corporation, is listed as the Taxpayer Name for the following MHC properties
Everett Campus 2730 Oakes Avenue, $1,715,000
Portland Campus, 3210 SE Taylor Street, Portland, OR, $1,250,000
Tacoma Campus 918 Division Street (property listed is nearby 209 S J Street), $1,394,580

(Update 9/8/14 Just learned that they now own Sammamish Campus 120 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA. As deed has not yet been listed with King County, do not know yet the exact value of this sale.)

(For more information regarding Mars Hill Church, a Washington nonprofit corporation see: http://praisethelord-passtheammunition.tumblr.com/post/96785657034/by-the-close-of-2012-mars-hill-fellowship-legally)

Mars Hill Fellowship is listed as the Taypayer Name for the following MHC properties.

Ballard Campus, 1401 NW Leary Way, $6,737,000 
Ballard Headquarters, 1411 NW 50th Street, $2,190,600
U-District Campus, 4554 12th Avenue, NE, $3,133,900 (One of the campuses that’s closing BTW).
West Seattle Campus, 7551 35th Avenue, SW, $2,953,200

(FYI-This PDF is one of a number of real estate documents signed by Executive Elders John Sutton Turner and Dave Bruskas clearly indicating “Mars Hill Church, a Washington non-profit corporation, as successor by name change to Mars Hill Fellowship.” Does this mean that all properties are owned by Mars Hill Church, a Washington nonprofit corporation? See https://www.dropbox.com/s/ay8zoqu01wxp4bn/OPR20140313000776-1-8.pdf?dl=0

In January 2014, First Covenant Spokane announced they had sold their building to Mars Hill Church. However, as of this writing, a deed has yet to be filed with the Spokane County Auditor’s office.)
http://www.covchurch.org/news/2014/01/16/first-covenant-spokane-sells-building-to-mars-hill/

(Update 9/8/14 Just learned via NCP RE Services that “First Covenant is still the owner of the property. The arrangement with Mars Hill is as lessee and lessor.”)

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Why does any pastor need three LLCs, and why are they incorporated in Colorado when the pastor lives in Washington State? 

Note: These LLCs do not include the Future Hope Revocable Living Trust that lists Mark and Grace Driscoll as the trustees (See http://praisethelord-passtheammunition.tumblr.com/post/96748283509/lets-play-the-kevin-bacon-game-once-again#_=_)

 For original chart see http://tmblr.co/ZFpK1w1Q2l-U6

Why does any pastor need three LLCs, and why are they incorporated in Colorado when the pastor lives in Washington State?

Note: These LLCs do not include the Future Hope Revocable Living Trust that lists Mark and Grace Driscoll as the trustees (See http://praisethelord-passtheammunition.tumblr.com/post/96748283509/lets-play-the-kevin-bacon-game-once-again#_=_)

For original chart see http://tmblr.co/ZFpK1w1Q2l-U6

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By the close of 2012 Mars Hill Fellowship legally switched hands from thousands of members to just 3 men named Driscoll, Turner and Bruskas. Why? 

Note: Effective 2013, Mars Hill Fellowship is now called Mars Hill Church. These are the names listed on all real estate owned by Mars Hil.

For original chart see http://tmblr.co/ZFpK1w1Q2l-U6

By the close of 2012 Mars Hill Fellowship legally switched hands from thousands of members to just 3 men named Driscoll, Turner and Bruskas. Why?

Note: Effective 2013, Mars Hill Fellowship is now called Mars Hill Church. These are the names listed on all real estate owned by Mars Hil.

For original chart see http://tmblr.co/ZFpK1w1Q2l-U6

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Let’s play the Kevin Bacon game once again regarding the Driscolls … Here we have a snapshot from Kings County marriage records noting that Melanie Driscoll is now Melanie Thompson. (including snapshot sent to you.) 

Here in a transcription of a 2001 sermon where Mark references Melanie as one of his siblings. Call it a very, very strong hunch that Melanie is Mark’s sister. 

http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/driscoll-masculinity-and-the-missional-church. 

​As reported by the Seattle PI​ … 

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/08/seattle-pi-catches-up-to-driscoll-2012.html

"In May of 2012, according to Snohomish County records, a 5,529-square-foot, three-bedroom home on a 2-acre lot in Woodway was purchased for $1.05 million by the Future Hope Revocable Living Trust with Driscoll and his wife, Grace, as trustees.

The property was conveyed in May of 2013 “for consideration of love and affection” to another living trust, whose trustee is a Mars Hill Church member and outspoken defender of Driscoll.}”

A quick snapshot reveals that this property is owned by Melanie Thompson/Downs Family Revocable Trust. 

http://snohomishdata.com/property/id/xXBtF7CuW

So why did Mark transfer his family home from his trust to his sister’s trust? Seems a bit premature especially since Driscoll has five children who one would think would be the logical beneficiaries of the Driscoll family home. Alas, as these trusts are privately owned, the Driscolls can keep these answers to themselves. Once, again, the Mars Hill members are left to ponder what’s trustworthy about this transaction.

Let’s play the Kevin Bacon game once again regarding the Driscolls … Here we have a snapshot from Kings County marriage records noting that Melanie Driscoll is now Melanie Thompson. (including snapshot sent to you.)

Here in a transcription of a 2001 sermon where Mark references Melanie as one of his siblings. Call it a very, very strong hunch that Melanie is Mark’s sister.

http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/driscoll-masculinity-and-the-missional-church.

​As reported by the Seattle PI​ …

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/08/seattle-pi-catches-up-to-driscoll-2012.html

"In May of 2012, according to Snohomish County records, a 5,529-square-foot, three-bedroom home on a 2-acre lot in Woodway was purchased for $1.05 million by the Future Hope Revocable Living Trust with Driscoll and his wife, Grace, as trustees.

The property was conveyed in May of 2013 “for consideration of love and affection” to another living trust, whose trustee is a Mars Hill Church member and outspoken defender of Driscoll.}”

A quick snapshot reveals that this property is owned by Melanie Thompson/Downs Family Revocable Trust.

http://snohomishdata.com/property/id/xXBtF7CuW

So why did Mark transfer his family home from his trust to his sister’s trust? Seems a bit premature especially since Driscoll has five children who one would think would be the logical beneficiaries of the Driscoll family home. Alas, as these trusts are privately owned, the Driscolls can keep these answers to themselves. Once, again, the Mars Hill members are left to ponder what’s trustworthy about this transaction.

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Follow the Money - Mars Hill Fellowship/Mars Hill Church Organizational Chart

The colors describe those individuals who are recognized by the State of WA as “members” of the various corporations/LLCs.

Red = No Governing Members listed.
Purple = All the Driscoll items.
Yellow = Executive Elders.
Gold = John Sutton Turner alone.
Green = For Profit

Please credit Brad Sargent for this kick ass flow chart. (http://futuristguy.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/mark-driscoll-and-mars-hill-church-research-guide-part-2c/)

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While we're on the topic of Mars Hill Membership ...

Mars Hill Church, a nonprofit corporation, lists as members Driscoll and the two executive elders. The name of the agent is CT Corporation, an entity that might be hired when one wishes to obfuscate the name of the actual agent.

As per @warrenthrockmorton “In Article 4, the bylaws distinguish between “spiritual” members and members for the purpose of state law.”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/09/04/washingtonlawbylaws/

Does this mean that for the purposes of state law, the only “legal” members of MHC are Mark Driscoll, Sutton Turner and David Bruskas, who are the three EEs listed as members on the Mars Hill Church documents filed with the WA Secretary of State?

Perhaps now might be a time for MHC members to take their cue from Swift and engage in a financial embargo and sex strike … hit them where it hurts and see what happens. :) http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-few-brief-thoughts-about-dustin.html Update 4:12pm PST The Bylaws are posted though still unclear who is seen by State of WA as a “legal” member of MHC http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/09/04/mars-hill-church-posts-bylaws/

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Jon Phelps’ Connection to Mars Hill Church

As reported by Warren Throckmorton, Jon Phelps (Full Sail University) is joining the Mars Hill Board of Advisors and Accountability.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2014/08/29/mars-hill-church-updates-members-on-paul-tripp-and-new-additions-to-board-of-advisors-and-accountability/

In 2013 Wenatchee offers an in-depth analysis of Jon Phelps

http://wenatcheethehatchet.blogspot.com/2013/09/jon-phelps-founder-full-sail-university.html

In his analysis, he notes how Rachel Maddow discussed Full Sail University in particular and for-profit colleges in general as a talking point for the Romney campaign. And as luck would have it, Mark DeMoss, PR guru hired to rebrand Mars Hill Church, was a former senior advisor to Mitt Romney.

http://praisethelord-passtheammunition.tumblr.com/post/95684465049/mark-demoss-to-manage-mars-hills-mess

Residents of Seattle and others who read The Stranger may be familiar with Jon Phelps as one of the owners of Storyville Coffee. This establishment seems to have some connections to Mars Hill though as per the Stranger’s reporting, a Storyville marketing manager said, “As a company, we are not affiliated with any religious organization of any kind.”

http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/coffee-and-mars-hill/Content?oid=17866798

If Mars Hill wants true transparency, they can start by making their connection to Storeyville Coffee crystal clear. They also might want to disclose exactly how much monies Phelps and Full Sail University have given to Mars Hill over the years. Might also help to play the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon parlor game with Mark DeMoss and Jon Phelps. :)

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