Rick Warren preached his final sermon as pastor of the California-based Saddleback Church on Aug. 28.
Rick and Kay Warren launched Saddleback in 1980. The church has grown from the original 50 people to more than 40,000 members today.
One of the largest churches in the SBC, Saddleback has been the subject of controversy since ordaining three women in 2021 for staff ministerial roles that have pastor in the title.
Andy Wood will succeed Warren.