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Updated Jan 7, 2014 - 11:29 am

Pastor of suburban Phoenix church resigns over affairs

Mark Connelly (Screenshot)

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A large church in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert said its married lead pastor has resigned after confessing to engaging in extramarital affairs with more than one woman from the congregation.

Interim pastor Gary Sutliff said Mark Connelly was confronted about the affairs and submitted his resignation as lead pastor of Mission Community Church after it was requested.

The church addressed the issue on its website with a video and statement.

Sutliff said the church is concerned about all of those involved and is providing them with counseling and other resources.

The congregation will pick a new permanent lead pastor from its leadership.

More than 6,000 people attend services of the church.

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