Australia’s biggest evangelical church said on Wednesday its founder had resigned after acting inappropriately toward two women.
Another blow to an influential organization already reeling from charges the leader had covered up sex abuse.
Hillsong Church said an internal investigation into complaints from two women had found that its global senior pastor, Brian Houston, had breached worshippers’ trust.
“We understand there will be much emotion at this news, and we all share these feelings,” Hillsong said in a statement on its website.
“We acknowledge that change is needed. We have committed to an independent review of our governance structure and processes, understanding that this is a time of humble reflection.”
Houston was not immediately available for comment and Reuters was not able to determine if he had a legal representative.
Hillsong did not reply to an email from Reuters seeking comment from Houston and his contact details.
Houston founded the 150,000-strong church in Sydney with his wife, Bobbie, in the 1980s and set up ministries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.