Ahead of his first Hillsong Conference since he became the global senior pastor, Phil Dooley says he understands that the global Evangelical church network needs to rebuild trust as its reputation has taken a hit in recent years amid scandals involving his predecessor and other prominant pastors.
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Addressing his scandalous exit from Hillsong Church publicly for the first time since his firing in November 2020 from Hillsong Church NYC over a sex and leadership scandal, disgraced celebrity pastor Carl Lentz says he “had some major lies” in his life.
Hillsong Church’s Darren Kitto claimed $50K in annual pool costs as part of $125K housing allowance: report
Hillsong Church’s International Ministry Director Darren Kitto claimed he would need to cover nearly $50,000 in pool expenses in 2018 as part of a $125,000 housing allowance for a Newport Beach, California, home he purchased in the Santa Ana Heights neighborhood for $1.85 million that features a “portable spa.”
Days after pleading “not guilty” to driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more, Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston pled “guilty” to the charges and was sentenced to three years’ probation, a $140 fine and other penalties.
A forensic review of Hillsong Church's finances by accounting firm Grant Thornton does not support allegations that the Australia-based megachurch network or its personnel engaged in "unlawful conduct." Allegations that funds were misappropriated reflect a "misunderstanding" that should be discussed in a "church context," attorneys say.
T.D. Jakes received the highest one-day honorarium – nearly $150,000 – when compared to a long list of celebrity preachers, including Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen, for preaching at the Hillsong Conference in Sydney over an eight year period according to a trove of financial documents from Hillsong Church first made public on March 9 by Andrew Wilkie, an independent member of the Australian Parliament.
Less than a month before he resigned as global senior pastor in March 2022 in the wake of revelations that two women had made complaints of misconduct against him in the last 10 years, Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in Newport Beach, California.