Gary Lamb resigns 13

Gary Lamb announced that he’s resigning from pastoring Revolution Church in GA because he has been having an affair with his married personal assistant, Elena, for the last six weeks.

Ten months ago, she and her husband caught his eye.

Speaking of the next generation of world changers…..We have a very cool young couple who have been attending Revolution for a while now. Kyle and Elena Stoeckig have been in ministry at some pretty cool churches in the past and God has them hanging out in Canton for a while as they get ready for the next leg. They are praying about starting a church in downtown Atlanta and I’m praying God keeps them around Canton for a while longer. Pray for them as they seek God will for their next steps!

Seven weeks ago, Lamb chronicled a bit of a staff reshuffle in his church. From April 19:

Elena Stoeckig who is on our staff is going to be assisting in my office. She’s great at what she does, I trust her, and she has thick skin to put up with me.

Crap, I’ll probably steal her from Tim permanently. There aren’t many advantages to being the pastor, but there are some.

Then six weeks ago, he moved in:

I have officially stolen Elena from Tim as my new assistant….

I think she is going to do a great job. She’s very sharp, pretty tough, and has a heart for ministry.

Narcissism bites.

(If anyone ever sees an apology to, or request for prayer for, either of the Stoeckigs from Lamb, direct us to it in the comments.)

13 thoughts on “Gary Lamb resigns

  1. Ron Edmondson Jun 8, 2009 8:36 am

    Wow, you can see a trail here. I agree about the need for prayer for the family of Elena, but didn’t see this information when I wrote my post last night.


  2. Mark | hereiblog Jun 8, 2009 10:04 am

    What are you saying? Should we pray for them? I don’t know much about the people involved, but the whole ordeal is a sad state.

  3. David Richardson Jun 8, 2009 10:08 am

    My prayers will be for everyone affected by this. The whole situation is just plain sad.

  4. Sara Crocker Jun 8, 2009 11:54 am

    Wow. How sad. The turmoil this has undoubtedly brought into the lives of Lamb’s wife and children is devastating. But, I agree with you. No mention of prayer or apology to Elena and Kyle seems wrong. (Kyle especially, being that he was an innocent victim in all of this.) I read Noble’s response this morning. He requested prayer and forgiveness for Lamb, but gave no mention of Elena or Kyle.

  5. Katie Jun 9, 2009 2:49 pm

    I must say that it seems as though while this was addressed swiftly, it was done EXTREMELY well. Although I am certainly not privy to the details, it seems as though the thoughts of everyone involved were taken into consideration. Considering that both Elena and Kyle have taken their twitter accounts and blogs down, it really appears as though it is their choice to stay out of the “limelight” involving this.

    If you listen to the podcast of the message delivered Sunday, you see that the reason they named her at all was to eliminate the speculation since there are multiple female staff members (and not hurt any innocent people).

  6. Sophie Jun 9, 2009 4:20 pm

    I’m sorry if I sound cynical, but that blog post didn’t sound very apologetic. It really just sounded like he got caught. I really hope and pray there is more remorse there than what was made apparent.

  7. VML Jun 9, 2009 5:46 pm

    Honestly, does anyone have anything better to do than talk about other people’s lives? This is a gossip session, we all fall short and sin in life and in the Glory of our God. Gossiping about something you know nothing about makes you look ridiculous.

    • James Duncan Jun 9, 2009 5:49 pm

      VML, please define gossip. We’re responding to Gary Lamb’s public acknowledgement of his sin. Was that gossip too?

      If anything, we’re refusing to engage in Elena-centered gossip (you haven’t seen the slanderous comments about her from Revolution/Lamb supporters I have blocked) and focusing on how this whole thing was handled, rather the details of this particular affair beyond what we know from Lamb.

  8. VML Jun 9, 2009 6:01 pm

    I agree everyone in this situation needs prayer…it takes two to tango! Still the situation has nothing to with any of us…it is sad that we feel the need to talk about him or her….People assume about both of them- THAT’s GOSSIP…your site is full off crap about Gary…I am not biased in any way Im just pointing out the obvious…..

  9. W. Atkinson Jun 12, 2009 3:19 pm

    I have officially stolen Elena from Tim as my new assistant….

    I think she is going to do a great job. She’s very sharp, pretty tough, and has a heart for ministry.

    Was Lamb already involved with Elena when he wrote this? How does anyone listen to his drivel and how has his “church” attracted 1200 people? Wow, the state of modern Evangelicalism is in serious need of revival. These planters are so far off the Biblical reservation it is terrifying. Christ instructed us to go OUT into the world with the message, not sucker the unbeliever into the sanctuary with sex sermons and other serminars. CAn you imagine Peter or Paul preaching about “Bring Sexy Back”, “Party”, etc… Revolution is not a Christian Church; Christ and Him crucified is preached in a Christian Church.

    I’m struggling greatly to pray for Gary. Praying for God’s grace and love for Gary’s family and Elena and her husband is much easier. I pray that the Lord will convict Lamb of his sins and call him to repentance. I also pray that God cool my anger at Lamb and his heresies.

  10. Revolution Member Jun 12, 2009 6:35 pm

    W. Atkinson writes:


    — CAn you imagine Peter or Paul preaching about “Bring Sexy Back”, “Party”, etc… <<<

    OK –Were you present for any of these sermons or listen to the Podcasts ? If not, then would you like for me to try and explain how the titles tied into the message ? Given the chance I'm sure Peter and Paul would have done a good job with it too..

    —Revolution is not a Christian Church. Christ and Him crucified is preached in a Christian Church. —

    Here again I just doubt that you have ever attended a service at REVOLUTION or know anyone that has.. Am I right ? you're just hating on the church cause you don't feel it measures up to your standards and ideology.. Again passing judgement based not on having come and seen for yourself but rather from hearsay and tweets.

    What church do you attend ? Should I do some searching on the internet, maybe talk to some folks that are unhappy with your and church and start a blog about it ?

    — I’m struggling greatly to pray for Gary. —

    Then I suggest that you stop writing hate filled posts, get your bible in hand and read about forgiveness.

    —I also pray that God cool my anger at Lamb and his heresies.—

    I'll pray for you too – hoping that you don't fall someday into the same sin as he did.

    G. Wood
    Revolution Church volunteer

  11. W. Atkinson Jun 12, 2009 10:40 pm

    Hi G. Wood,

    I’ve been listening to Gary for some time via pod cast and I know many people who attend his events. Firstly, where is the hate in my post? Secondly, like I said, I do listen to Gary’s sermons and was struck by his regret at not “punching that church lady in the face back in Iowa” in one of his illuminating sermons. He prooftexts, doesn’t quote in context and has no shame in doing so. What kind of pastor regrets not having punched a lady and not burning the, I think it was, the organ on his exit?

    Given the chance to preach about bring sexy back? Really? Are you serious? Paul chose to know nothing among the Greeks but Christ and Him crucified. That is the gospel. Paul had all the chances in the world to preach about worldly topics and chose, through God’s unlimited grace, to preach the whole counsel of God (I don’t know where bringing sexy back falls into that). I am open to correction if I am wrong.

    Bible in hand? Gary didn’t sin against me, he sinned against God (that is what the Bible says) I am in no position to offer forgiveness to Gary, only my prayers for everyone involved in this.

    Your Servant in Christ,

  12. Sara Crocker Jun 13, 2009 10:17 am

    @ W. Atkinson

    Don’t take G.Wood’s accusation of hate seriously. Emily accused me of the same thing when she couldn’t keep up. I agree with you, Gary Lamb’s lament that he didn’t punch an old lady in the face is actually an example of hate. Accusing people of hate is a tactic people use when their own arguments aren’t holding up. Its kind of like what liberals do when they accuse conservatives of harboring racism. It distracts from the issue at hand.

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