Hillsong Church founder leaves board weeks after being charged with hiding dad’s child sex abuse

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New York Daily News

The founder of a charismatic megachurch popular among Hollywood celebrities has stepped down from his board ahead of a court appearance in Sydney, Australia. Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston is due to appear in court on Oct. 5 “for allegedly concealing a serious indictable offense,” New South Wales police said in an August statement. On Friday, the 67-year-old global senior pastor confirmed the news in an email to his congregants. “I thought it was important to let our church family know in the interests of transparency, and I wanted you to hear it from me directly,” the email, which was …

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