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Hillsong founder Brian Houston teases new book

by Kelly Valencia

Brian Houston, the founder of the megachurch Hillsong, has disclosed plans to write a new book, sharing his personal journey after being recently cleared of criminal charges.

Writing on X, formerly known as Twitter, the 65-year-old said his book will “lift the lid and tell the untold story” as well as “tell the amazing story of God’s grace and blessing”.

Last week, he wrote: "We are coming back!"  The statement was accompanied by subsequent tweets acknowledging that while the book “might take a while”, “there’s a lot to praise God about”.

Houston has been more active on social media since an Australian court found him not guilty of concealing the sexual abuse his father, Frank Houston, committed against a young male in the 1970s.

In 2021, Australian police filed charges against him for not reporting the sexual abuse committed by his father. Houston, who had shared publicly about his father's behaviour, vehemently denied these allegations before relinquishing his ministry responsibilities the following year.

In August, Judge Gareth Christofi stated that Brian Houston had a "valid reason" for not reporting the incident, as he believed that the victim did not wish for it to be reported to the authorities.

Although he founded Hillsong more than two decades ago, Houston no longer holds any official role within the church, and most of his family members have also distanced themselves from the church network.

Earlier this month, his daughter Laura Toganivalu and her husband Peter announced they're launching a new church in Sydney, with more details to be revealed in the coming weeks. They stepped down from leading Hillsong’s youth ministry in May, after over three decades as part of the congregation.

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