POSTED: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 3:37pm
East Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — NBC33 News has confirmed the pastor of the Healing Place Church, Pastor Dino Rizzo, has taken a sabbatical leave.
Healing Place Church has released the following statement:
"Healing is what Healing place church is all about. After 20 years of uninterrupted outreach to hurting people, lead pastor Dino Rizzo has found that he also needs a time of healing.
'I have not felt myself, spiritually, physically or emotionally for several months now,' said Pastor Rizzo. 'My physically exhausted, spiritually depleted state has affected my decision making, my family life and my ability to lead effectively.'
It has been determined by the spirituality board of Healing Place church that Pastor Rizzo is in need of a sabbatical rest for healing, reflection and restoration of spirit, soul and body. Pastor Rizzo has humbly and willingly embraced the board’s plan, which does not include a predetermined period of time. That will depend upon the healing process.
Healing Place Church was never built upon one person or personality, but solely on Jesus Christ. We have a strong team of pastors and leaders who will continue the work in Pastor Rizzo’s absence. Healing Place Church will continue in all of its activities including weekly services and a large variety of ministries and outreaches. We will continue to humbly serve our community by being a Healing Place for a hurting world."