Journal Staff Writer
Calvary Chapel founder Skip Heitzig said today he is stepping down from the Albuquerque megachurch's board of directors in an attempt to "defuse" escalating tension within the church.
But Heitzig, who served as chairman for 22 years, left open the possibility that he may return to the board in the future. He also said, in a phone interview from California, that he is "still involved" with the 14,000-member church.
"The pastoral staff and the board want me involved," he said.
Heitzig declined to say whether the other out-of-state board members were resigning.
But former board member Greg Zanetti said he spoke with Heitzig Wednesday morning, and Heitzig agreed that he and the other non-local board members would resign.
"My belief is that Skip is trying to get ahold of all of them right now to get their resignations so that the church can revert to local governance and the healing process can begin," Zanetti said.
The other out-of-state board members are are Gino Geraci, Raul Ries and Paul Saber.