Apprising Ministries first told you about Dino Rizzo in Quasi-Faith/Seeker Driven Pastor Dino Rizzo On Sabbatical. Rizzo has been pastor of Healing Place Church along with his wife pastrix DeLynn:
As a matter of fact, the Sunday before Charisma News told us Megachurch Pastor Dino Rizzo Takes Sabbatical Citing a ‘Spiritually Depleted State’ Furtick would share the below:
Now today Mark Hunter of The Advocate is reporting Healing Place pastor resigns:
The Rev. Dino Rizzo, lead pastor of Healing Place Church, one of Baton Rouge’s largest churches, announced Sunday morning that he and his wife and co-pastor, DeLynn Rizzo, are leaving the church they founded nearly 20 years ago.
“We feel it is best that we step down as pastors today,” Dino Rizzo told several thousand church members gathered in the spacious arena sanctuary during the first of two Sunday morning services.
DeLynn Rizzo stood next to her husband while he addressed the church members.
“We feel God is moving us into a new season,” he said without disclosing what future plans the couple might have.
“Our hearts are forever marked by your faith, your love and your generosity,” Dino Rizzo told the silent crowd.
The Rizzos took a leave of absence in late July at the behest of the church’s spirituality board because they needed “a sabbatical rest for healing, reflection and restoration of spirit, soul and body,” according to a statement from the board…
The Rizzos received a long and noisy standing ovation as they exited the stage.
“It’s okay to be sad but don’t be overwhelmed by sorrow or try to read between the lines,” The Rev. Chris Hodges, one of the Healing Place Church’s overseers and pastor of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala., told the congregation.
“I know you want more than what’s being said here today — but can you be OK that the seven of us (overseers) know?” Hodges asked. “We’re going to take care of them and we’re going to take care of you. Trust me.”
The seven overseers, mostly from out of state, attended the service Sunday. (source)
Stay tuned; sources are telling me that it seems likely there might be more to this story…