• Hillsong appoints Phil and Lucinda Dooley as global senior pastors

    A new era has begun for Hillsong Church with the appointment of new global senior pastors after a tumultuous period for the megachurch. Pastors Phil and Lucinda Dooley, who have been acting in the capacity of ‘interim’ pastors for 12 months, were officially commissioned during the morning service in Sydney – and streamed to Hillsong […]

  • Brian Houston takes to social media to discuss Hillsong exit for first time

    Brian Houston, the former senior pastor of the Hillsong megachurch, has taken to social media in a live video to explain in more detail his removal from the esteemed role. While Mr Houston was speaking online, his lawyer was reportedly in a Sydney court on Mr Houston’s behalf, where his trial for allegedly concealing “serious […]

  • Hillsong executive calls Brian Houston hotel room excuse ‘dribble’

    A senior executive at Hillsong has spoken out on the written response from the church’s board in explaining Brian Houston’s actions, calling the excuse for being in a woman’s hotel room “dribble”. Jason Mays, an executive at Hillsong, says the church indulged Brian Houston’s ‘distinct lack of personal accountability’ over many years and board members […]

  • Former Hillsong pastors say they were ‘threatened by Brian Houston’ to hand over church assets

    Two former Hillsong pastors have released explosive statements, alleging that they were threatened in an effort to hand over their church and its assets. In a report by Australia’s ABC, Zhenya and Vera Kasevich, who led the congregations of Hillsong Kyiv and Moscow churches for two decades before suddenly departing, have told how Hillsong Australia […]

  • Hillsong Phoenix announces it is leaving Hillsong

    Hillsong Phoenix is the latest Hillsong church to announce it is leaving the Australian-based movement. The church’s senior pastor, Terry Crist, made the announcement in the light of the news of the church’s founding pastor, Brian Houston, resigning over indiscretions. Citing the need for “need for transparency and accountability”, Crist has made the decision to […]

  • Hillsong Atlanta pastor, the church’s black pastor, resigns amid Brian Houston scandal

    Hillsong Atlanta’s lead pastor, Sam Collier, has resigned in the wake of the dramas surrounding the megachurch as Brian Houston’s indiscretions towards women have been revealed. Collier made the announcement on social media, at the same time announcing this Sunday will be his last service. Citing the ongoing scandals and the church’s management of these […]

  • Brian Houston resigns from Hillsong

    It has been announced today that Brian Houston has resigned from his position at Hillsong. His recent court proceedings from the sins of his father, coupled with alleged indiscretions toward two women have resulted in his resignation. The announcement was made at an emergency staff meeting at the megachurch’s Australian head office in Sydney’s Baulkham […]

  • The sins of his father: Did years of pressure become too much for Brian Houston?

    I am not sure if you were like me, but I almost choked on my morning coffee when I read the news that Hillsong’s Brian Houston had been accused of indiscretions towards women. Did I really read it correctly that Pastor Houston, the founder of the Hillsong global megachurch, had developed a dependence on sleeping […]

  • Brian Houston steps down as Hillsong pastor ahead of court hearing

    Hillsong’s Global Senior Pastor, Brian Houston, has announced that he is stepping down from his role in the church ahead of his scheduled court case. Pastor Houston, who last year also stepped down from the church’s boards, made the announcement after legal advice deemed it would be ‘Best Practice’. He announced he intends to step […]

  • Hillsong respond to 60 Minutes story as Brian Houston steps down from church boards

    Hillsong Australia has hit back at 60 Minutes Australia, releasing an official statement after the programme ran an extensive investigation into two cases of sexual assault at the church. Calling the programme “factually wrong, sensationalised, unbalanced and highly unethical journalism”, Hillsong also stated that they were only contacted by email “with vague questions four days […]

  • Hillsong’s Brian Houston charged over alleged concealment of child sex offences

    The Global Senior Minister of Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, has been charged by Australian police officers over the concealment of alleged child sex offences. Important note: since the publishing of this article, Hillsong has released a new statement outlining the facts in this case. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales detectives served […]

  • Hillsong’s Brian Houston gives first interview since Carl Lentz firing

    The senior minister and founder of Hillsong Church has given his first interview with The TODAY Show after a number of North American controversies have damaged the church’s reputation. Houston, who recently left the shores of Australia to spend up to six months in the U.S., was interviewed by the programme’s co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie, who […]