Nyke Gatlin Leaves McLean Bible Church. Recalling His Ties to the Scott Woods Situation

There is has been some news with McLean Bible Church. Nyke Gatlin has separated from McLean and is moving to Phoenix, Arizona to work on a church plant. Nyke Gatlin had a minor role in the ongoing Scott Woods story. 

“I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return.

Frida Kahlo

Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.

Romans 13:8 NLT

McLean Bible Church

There is some news with McLean Bible Church that I need to update people on. Nyke Gatlin is leaving McLean and moving to Phoenix, Arizona to work on a church plant. You can read the letter that was sent out to members and attenders below. Nyke Galtlin has a tie to the ongoing Scott Woods situation. McLean Bible Church Loudoun Campus wished Scott Woods a happy birthday in a church newsletter. This was after Scott Woods allegedly worked to groom teenagers for planned sexual abuse after they turned 18. When one of the families saw Scott Woods being mentioned again they contacted Nyke Gatlin who said that is was a mistake and that he recently learned what happened in Tysons Corner. You can read the entire story of Scott Woods in, “How David Platt Never Learned From the Mark Aderholt Situation. The Disturbing Story of how McLean Bible Mishandled Scott Woods, an Alleged Predator in The Rock Ministries.”

Dear MBC North Region Members & Attendees,

It is with great anticipation and yet sadness that I announce my departure as Pastor of Regional Ministries & North Regional Pastor, effective Thursday, October 8, 2020. I have accepted the call to be the Campus Pastor of a new campus launch for a church in Gilbert, Arizona (Phoenix area). I want to thank all of you for the many ways you allowed me to be your pastor. As the years go by I will look back fondly on our time together; I hope and trust the same will be true for you. In the almost 14 years (8 my first time serving on staff at MBC and almost 6 this time) I’ve watched children and students grow up. I’ve baptized, performed marriages and performed too many funerals. I’ve visited hospitals and shut-ins. Lead several mission trips, outreaches and mass impact events the likes of Backpack Outreaches, Turkey Outreaches and Christmas Villages. Together, we realized a few dreams, lived through a few trials, and persevered even through our recent challenges with COVID.

While I am leaving you, there is one who remains constant: Jesus Christ. Jesus has been here from the beginning, and will be with you for the rest of time. If through the power of the Holy Spirit you allow Jesus to guide (you) our MBC family will continue to remain faithful to our mission. A passion for our Lord and Savior, and the Gospel, will see you through all your future trials and blessings. This passion guided the earlier apostles, the early church fathers, the pastors and people of MBC for 50+ years (including me!), which allowed them to navigate their own trials. It will continue to help us navigate whatever the future holds. They managed and flourished; so, can we.

Strong leadership has highlighted my own journey here and has given me a chance to further develop spiritual maturity as a man called to serve God in His church. I am so grateful as I look back and see where the church has come over many years and where the Tysons Regional ministry has come in just a few short years, as well as where it is headed. I will be saying goodbye to many loved staff, Regional Pastor colleagues, and Regional volunteers who have shaped me profoundly and of course to all the wonderful congregants and people of MBC. I leave confident that I have run this leg of the race well and have “not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful.”

I know you have a wonderful future not just because we know the Lord will bring another servant pastor but because our Hope is in our Savior. I hope that under new pastoral leadership you will continue to find a way to connect with the Tysons North Region community and continue to invite more people to join you Sunday mornings (whether in person or online) and share the Gospel. I want to affirm the MBC and Tysons staff and their commitment here. I believe God has gifted them in leadership and has prepared them well to shepherd the flock they have been entrusted with by God.

Finally, I challenge you to continue to be a church people on mission. As I have shared before, there is no participation in Christ without participation in His mission to the world. A church which has ceased to be on mission has lost the essential character of a church, and I thank God to have been with you for the season he brought us together to live out on mission. Thank you for joining me in doing so. May God receive the Glory. My family and I will miss you all dearly and will pray for you regularly. We welcome your prayers as well.

The Lord bless you & keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you & be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you & give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

Till every man, women and child…

-Nyke Gatlin

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