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'I want to commend those who are hurting and have so courageously stepped forward': Matt Redman speaks out on Mike Pilavachi investigation

by Marcus Jones

Award-winning worship leader Matt Redman has released a statement acknowledging an ongoing safeguarding investigation into behaviour by Soul Survivor leader Mike Pilavachi.

Redman is one of the most prominent alumni of the Watford church Soul Survivor who've gone on to serve in worship music or church leadership roles.

It was recently announced that behaviour by Pilavachi was being investigated by the Church of England National Safeguarding Team (NST).

In a statement released by the NST, Soul Survivor and the Diocese of St Albans it was confirmed it is neither a "criminal investigation" nor a "clergy disciplinary matter". While initially it was claimed the concerns relate to "non-recent events" an update this week stated that newer complaints had since come to light.

Responding on social media, Redman, known for songs such as 10,000 Reasons, said: "Deeply impacted by the recent reports concerning Mike Pilavachi and Soul Survivor.

"Having spent some of my formative years in that environment, I felt it was important to acknowledge these news stories. But most of all I wanted to commend those who are hurting and have so courageously stepped forward.

"While there's an ongoing investigation | cannot comment on my own experience, but if you or anyone you know are also needing to be heard, please do reach out to the National Safeguarding Team via [email protected], Safe Spaces on 0300 303 1056, or Thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111. Beth and I send much love today to all affected."

Redman attended and worked at Soul Survivor along with Pilavachi from 1994 to 2002.

In a similar statement was released by church leader Pete Hughes and his brother, worship artist Tim Hughes. It said: "As brothers who have been deeply shaped by Soul Survivor and worked with Mike Pilavachi over a number of years, we want to acknowledge the tragic stories that are coming into the light, and the bravery of those who have come forward.

We cannot comment on our own experiences while this safeguarding investigation is taking place."

They signposted the ThirtyOne:Eight and National Safeguarding Team helplines, before signing off with: "We continue to pray for all those who have been affected." 


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