Hillsong’s Pastor Brian Houston defrocked his own father

Brain Houston image 8Last week the Royal Commission examined Australia’s largest church. Sydney’s Hillsong Church has the largest children’s ministry and youth ministry in Australia and has churches in 12 countries around the globe. It is famous for its locally produced worship music. Click here to view a performance of the Christian song ‘Oceans (Where feet may fail) at Sydney Entertainment Centre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLqTZ07ja7g&list=RDeLqTZ07ja7g. In the late 1990’s its senior pastor Brian Houston heard that his father and pastor of Sydney Christian Life Centre had molested boys before he had moved to Australia from New Zealand. His father admitted the allegations. Brian Houston as the president of the Assemblies of God churches in Australia defrocked his own father immediately and made sure he never preached again. There was no report made to police. The Royal Commission are expected to make findings in its report as to whether there was any conflict of interest and whether the church ought to have gone straight to police. Hillsong’s fast response to child sex abuse allegations may appear refreshing to some when compared to the Catholics and the Salvos who have already had their turn under the spotlight this year.

About Peter Kelso


I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.


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