SA-based Hillsong leaders step up to head church’s global ministry for a season

Pastors Phil and Lucinda Dooley, lead pastors of Hillsong Church Africa (PHOTO:

Pastors Phil and Lucinda Dooley, the Cape Town-based lead pastors of Hillsong Church Africa confirmed in a letter to their African constituency this week that the co-founder and global senior pastor of Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, has asked them to step into the role of acting global senior pastors.

Houston recently announced his decision to step down from church leadership this year to concentrate on fighting criminal charges he faces arising from allegations that years ago he concealed his father’s child sex offences.

The Australian-headquartered global church, famous for its influential worship music ministry has, been troubled with controversies at various sites around the world in recent years.

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Pastors Phil and Lucinda wrote: “While we see this next step in our journey as a huge privilege and honour, South Africa remains our home. (We’re definitely not leaving!) In fact, we are as committed as ever to build a church that will help build nations. Our vision to build 50 churches in 50 influential cities across Africa is on track and remains a leading focus for us and our team in Africa.

“We know that Hillsong Africa is healthy and strong and this has made it easier for us to be obedient to the call to lead our global church for a season.”

The couple’s full letter can be read here.

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