Brian Houston, one of many co-founders and senior pastors at Hillsong Church, has resigned after two girls complained about his improper conduct, the church mentioned on Wednesday.
“The first issue was approximately a decade ago and involved inappropriate text messages from pastor Brian to a member of staff, which subsequently resulted in the staff member resigning,” the worldwide mega church mentioned in an announcement, noting that it’s going to not intervene with the selections taken by the management of the church.
The church, which boasts many branches throughout the nation, mentioned on the time of this incident pastor Brian was below the affect of sleeping tablets and had developed a dependence.
“The second problem concerned a grievance acquired in 2019. Following an in-depth investigation, it was discovered that pastor Brian grew to become disoriented after a session on the Hillsong convention, following the consumption of anti-anxiety treatment past the prescribed dose, combined with alcohol.
“This resulted in him knocking on the door of a hotel room that was not his, entering this room and spending time with the female occupant.”
The church defined that the board has accepted the pastor’s resignation and mentioned it understood there can be a lot emotion at this information.
It mentioned: “Irrespective of the circumstances around this, we can all agree that Brian and Bobbie have served God faithfully over many decades and that their ministry has resulted in millions of people across the world being impacted by the power, grace, and love of Jesus Christ.”
The church additional mentioned it has dedicated to an unbiased evaluate of its governance construction and processes. Houston’s resignation comes as he prepares for trial over a cost that he coated up his father’s alleged child-sex abuse.
He was charged in 2021 for hiding the crimes dedicated by his father, Frank, who was additionally a pastor. Frank died in 2004.
The lawsuit is about to start out later in 2022.
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