Houston we have a problem. Hillsong church founder quits

Brian Houston Hillsong founder
Image: Hillsong Facebook

Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston reportedly quit at 4 am this morning, ahead of a meeting of the church’s Australian board.

The Hillsong church’s acting head announced the founding pastor’s resignation during an emergency online staff meeting. Prior to the resignation, an internal investigation found Houston behaved inappropriately towards two women.

Pastor Phil Dooley also announced an independent review of the church’s governance structure.

Dooley read a statement from Hillsong Church’s Australian and global boards.

“We would like to advise you that Pastor Brian Houston has resigned as global senior pastor of Hillsong Church and the board has accepted his resignation.”

Although Dooley offered thoughts and prayers thanked Houston and his wife for their service, he appeared to say nothing about the victims of Houston’s ‘indiscretions’.

“We understand there will be much emotion at this news and we all share these feelings.

“We ask that you continue to pray for them and the entire Houston family during this challenging time…

“As you can appreciate, there is still much to be done and the church leadership continues to seek God for his wisdom as we set the course for the future.”

Houston’s ‘indiscretions’

Revelations of what the Hillsong Church board described as Brian Houston’s ‘indiscretions’ with two women only emerged last week despite once occurring about a decade ago. The other happened during the 2019 Hillsong Church Sydney conference opened by Houston’s friend Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Houston previously stepped down as church head in January. He said then he needed to focus on an upcoming court case. NSW previously charged Houston with covering up his father’s child sexual abuse. However, statements from both him and the church made no mention of these other issues at the time.

Hush money

Also today Crikey published a leaked transcript of last week’s board meeting. The transcript includes details not provided by the church at the time. It appears there may be dissension in the camp.

According to the transcript, Hillsong General Manager George Aghajanian complained about church elders spreading false rumours including about hush money.

“The global board is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing all of our pastors, the credentialing, the disciplining, the restoration process.

“Not the elders.

“The elders’ role is to basically pray for people and to care for people spiritually. But beyond that, they have no government authority in our church.”

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1 Comment

  1. Peter Turner
    25 March 2022

    Just another in a long line of evangelical pastors with secrets in their closets. Perhaps Morrison could lay hands on him.

    An alleged sexual predator and a paedophile father. A perfect resume really.

    No doubt he has amassed a personal fortune to carry over for the rest of his life. “Gospel of prosperity ” and all that…lol

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