Mark A. Driscoll is an evangelical Christian pastor and author, and current preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church, a megachurch in Seattle, Washington. In 1996, Driscoll co-founded Mars Hill Church, which as of 2014 has grown to 14,000 members in five states and fifteen locations. He also founded The Resurgence, a theological cooperative, and co-founded several other parachurch organizations: Churches Helping Churches, the church planting Acts 29 Network, and The Gospel Coalition. He has written for the "Faith and Values" section of the Seattle Times, OnFaith, and the Fox News website. Driscoll has also authored a number of popular Christian books. He is known for a promoting theologically conservative Christianity that strives to be culturally relevant, appealing to young people through "vintage" aesthetics and an "aggressive" preaching style.
In 2011, Preaching magazine named Driscoll one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years. His influence is polarizing; he is described in a profile by Salon as being the center of a cult of personality, and using controversy to increase his visibility. Controversy has often surrounded his complementarian view of gender roles, Calvinist theology, and perceived misogyny.