The Cornerstone Baptist Church in the nation’s capital, home to some of the most prominent and powerful evangelical Christian leaders in the country, will be shut down next week after the Rev. Jeremiah Wright publicly announced his intention to move his congregation to another location in the city.
The move comes just days after Wright’s announcement to resign from the church after a heated, public confrontation with members of the congregation over his handling of sexual misconduct allegations.
“We are deeply saddened to announce that the Cornerstone Bible Church will be shutting down on Saturday, January 17, 2017,” the church’s statement said.
“We thank the thousands of people who have prayed for the church in its years of existence and for the many years of support it has received.”
The church was founded in the 1980s by the Revs.
Mark Driscoll and Mark Drisco.
The Revs., who have been openly critical of Wright, were removed from their roles as pastors in June, after a video was posted of the Rev J.D. and Bethany Driscolls allegedly discussing the possibility of marrying in a gay wedding venue.
The video sparked an outcry that led to the resignation of Driscols son, Matt Driscolla.
In the video, the two women also make comments about their plan to be married.
In a statement on Tuesday, Rev. Wright said he did not feel that the congregation should be shuttered, and that the church should remain open as a ministry.
“I have always been very clear about my commitment to be faithful to my mission to bring God’s Kingdom to the people of this world, and the Church of Cornerstone is an important part of my commitment,” he said in the statement.
“My wife and I have been through a lot together over the years, but the church has never been more important to me, and I look forward to continuing to lead the ministry.”
In a separate statement, the Rev David Walker, pastor of the Cornerstones Atlanta mission, said that the Rev, Wright, and his wife, Tricia, have been “a wonderful couple for nearly twenty years, and we are committed to continuing their friendship and fellowship.”
“Our focus is on helping the people in need in our city as well as our mission, and are committed every day to working with the people and communities of the Atlanta area to bring peace, justice and love to our city,” Walker said in a statement.
In an interview with The Huffington of Atlanta, Driscoli, Wright’s wife, said the church is “in a very sad and difficult place right now.”
“It’s a very hard time right now for the congregation,” Driscol said.
The Rev. Daniel R. Wagner, the church general secretary, told ABC News that the decision to close the church was made because of “a change in leadership.”
“There was a change of leadership,” Wagner said.
Wagner also said that Wright had made clear in a letter to the congregation that he would resign.
“He has given an explanation of what he was doing, but he hasn’t done it,” Wagner added.
“He hasn’t even said how he intends to do it.”
Wagners statement did not elaborate on what he meant by resigning.
“I can’t tell you what is going to happen, but I know that he is going away and will be gone for a while,” Wagner, a former pastor of a Christian college in Indiana, told the station.
“The church has always been about love, forgiveness, mercy and service.
It’s very difficult right now and we’re praying that he will come back.”
Wright is scheduled to be arraigned on January 27, and he has not yet been charged.
In recent weeks, the Cornerstones congregation has come under fire over its handling of allegations against Wright, who is a former associate pastor of Cornerstones.
The allegations against the Rev had been reported in a March 14 Washington Post article.
The story revealed that Wright sexually harassed and harassed a man he was dating, but it also detailed allegations that Wright also sexually assaulted a woman.
The woman, whom the Rev said he had met in a Christian counseling group, also accused the Rev of sexually assaulting her when he was a student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
In response to the accusations, Wright wrote a letter of apology to the woman and told the Dallas Morning News that he was “deeply sorry” for his actions.
“It was my mistake to be inappropriate in the past,” he wrote.
“My actions in those days were never sexual, and they never were.
But I know it is not possible.””
If I could undo all of this and make it right, I would.
But I know it is not possible.”
In response, Wright released a statement, in which he called the accusations against him “utterly ridiculous.”
“The only way I am going to apologize to anyone for the hurt I caused in the