The pedophile Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church

The lifelong secret pedophile Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church. Laughing at us from Hades.

 

The following are extracts about Boy Victim of Frank Houston AHA from the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Report of October 2015.

Boy victim AHA was only seven years old when the abuse as described in the first paragraph below started.

 

Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Report of October 2015

Report of Case Study No. 18

The response of the Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches to allegations of child sexual abuse

October 2015

“In January 1970, Mr Frank Houston stayed with AHA and his family for almost a week. AHA told the Royal Commission that during this stay Mr Frank Houston came into his room ‘nearly every night of the week’ while he was sleeping and touched him inappropriately. AHA said that the touching involved Mr Frank Houston lying on top of him, placing his hands on his genitals, masturbating him and inserting a finger into his anus.

AHA recalled that the abuse also occurred when he and his family went to different churches and places with Mr Frank Houston. AHA said that he sometimes went into an office alone with Mr Frank Houston, who felt between AHA’s legs. This inappropriate touching also occurred at an evangelical camp in Windsor, New South Wales.

AHA said that:

The abuse in my home and at the different church meetings continued over a period of years until I reached puberty. Pastor Frank wanted nothing to do with me after I reached puberty.

Effect on AHA

AHA said that the abuse inflicted on him by Mr Frank Houston destroyed his childhood. For years, he was ‘full of shame, fear and embarrassment’. AHA told the Royal Commission that he dropped out of school in year 10, has not had a good work history and is currently on a disability pension at the age of 52.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

AHA has anger issues and suffers from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He also continues to have flashbacks of Mr Frank Houston in his bedroom and has difficulty in his physical and emotional relationships with his wife and children. AHA said his doctor has attributed his depression and post-traumatic stress disorder to the abuse he suffered as a child.

AHA said he felt very isolated when the abuse came to light and that the church community made him feel like he was the problem. He stated that he feels he has ‘received absolutely no support, counselling, apology or acknowledgement of the abuse’ from the church and ‘that the church’s response was completely inadequate’.

Disclosure of sexual abuse of AHA

In 1978, when AHA was 16, he told his mother that Mr Frank Houston had sexually abused him. Her response was that, if AHA revealed the abuse to others, he might turn them against the church and send them to hell. AHA ‘did not want to cause any trouble’, so he kept the abuse to himself and did not take it any further.

In mid-1998, some 20 years after the initial disclosure, AHA’s mother disclosed the abuse to Pastor Barbara Taylor. Pastor Taylor was the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Christian Family Church – a local church in Plumpton, New South Wales, also affiliated with the Assemblies of God in Australia.107

AHA’s mother also separately disclosed the abuse to Mr Kevin Mudford, an evangelist, in a meeting held at Emmanuel Christian Family Church on 3 November 1998.

Pastor Taylor attempted several times over the next year to arrange a meeting between Mr Frank Houston and AHA, with the intention that Mr Frank Houston would apologise, but the meeting never happened.

Mr Frank Houston did call AHA several times in 1999 and made apologies to AHA. However, Pastor Taylor said that AHA did not consider the apologies to be genuine. Rather, AHA told Pastor Taylor that he thought Mr Frank Houston wanted to smooth the matter over by paying AHA compensation because:

[He] was very frightened with what he’d been doing to myself and to other children, and he didn’t want to die and go with this in front of God to answer for it. He was very fearful.

During this time, Mr Frank Houston arranged a payment of $2,000 for AHA.

AHA told the Royal Commission that, at the time, he felt his history of abuse ‘was a hideous secret and I just didn’t want to have it exposed’.

In 2000, AHA agreed to meet Mr Frank Houston at a McDonald’s restaurant in Thornleigh, Sydney. Mr Nabi Saleh, a friend of Mr Frank Houston and an elder of Hillsong Church, was also present at this meeting.115 AHA stated that he was offered a dirty napkin to sign in exchange for $10,000. AHA said that he signed the dirty napkin and was told by Mr Frank Houston that a cheque would be sent to him. He also said that Mr Frank Houston told him to contact Pastor Brian Houston if there was any problem.

 

Nabi Saleh. Likes McDonalds

Nabi Saleh the founder of Gloria Jean Coffee and worth over $200 million personally was with Frank Houtson to support him at the infamous meeting at McDonalds Thornleigh. Nabi likes McDonalds and scoffed a Big Mac at the meeting. 

Nabi Saleh.

Nabi Saleh. A long-time Hillsong elder and part of the Hillsong cult mafia.

Nabi Saleh. Infamous.

Nabi Saleh. Infamous.

 

AHA said that he later contacted Pastor Brian Houston, as ‘I had not yet received any money from Pastor Frank’. Pastor Brian Houston told the Royal Commission that he ‘spoke to my family’ to ensure that the money would be transferred to AHA.

AHA told the Royal Commission that he received a cheque in the post for $10,000 after speaking with Pastor Brian Houston. There was no correspondence with the cheque.

2.3 Response of the Assemblies of God in Australia New South Wales State Executive member learns of the sexual abuse

On 4 November 1998, Pastor Taylor met with Mr Mudford and Pastor McMartin, who was at that time a member of the New South Wales State Executive, to discuss the allegations raised by AHA’s mother against Mr Frank Houston. Pastor Taylor said that at this meeting Pastor McMartin was told that there were allegations of child sexual abuse against a senior pastor. However, he was not told that AHA was the victim or that Mr Frank Houston was the perpetrator.

Pastor Taylor said that Pastor McMartin suggested taking the allegations to Pastor Brian Houston, who was the National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia at the time.121 However, Pastor Taylor did not take the allegations to Pastor Brian Houston because ‘it was his father, he was loved by everybody and I only had one case I knew about to go on’.

On 19 May 1999, Pastor Taylor wrote to Pastor McMartin stating that AHA and Mr Frank Houston had been in contact, but that AHA put the matter on hold, as he was too upset. The letter did not name AHA or Mr Frank Houston. The letter went on to state that:

I wanted you to know that we didn’t just ‘sit’ on the matter but have tried unsuccessfully to bring this matter to some sort of conclusion …

No evidence was provided to the Royal Commission to show that Pastor McMartin replied to the letter. Pastor McMartin said he could not remember receiving the letter.

Pastor Taylor gave evidence that she next spoke with Pastor McMartin on 16 September 1999.125 She wrote a letter to Pastor McMartin on the same day, stating that the incident occurred ‘30 years ago whilst Mr Frank Houston was sharing his bedroom whilst here in ministry from New Zealand’. The letter named AHA and Mr Frank Houston. The letter also stated:

Thank you for making it clear to me that the Assemblies of God have a structure in place that can and will deal with such allegations. I will convey this to [AHA] and ask him if he wants to pursue the matter further for healing of both parties.

Pastor Taylor told the Royal Commission that, at this stage, it was her understanding that the Assemblies of God in Australia would respond. She thought the response would include disciplinary action against Mr Frank Houston and counselling for AHA.

Pastor McMartin said that he did not receive the letter but accepted that the meeting took place. However, he said only Mr Frank Houston’s name was provided.

When Pastor McMartin learned that the perpetrator was Mr Frank Houston, he said that he told Pastor Taylor to tell the victim that the complaints process could not begin until a written complaint was made in accordance with the Administration Manual.

Pastor McMartin also said that, as he had not received a written complaint, he did not attempt to continue the process under the Administration Manual even though he knew the allegations were of child sexual abuse – a criminal offence.

When Pastor McMartin was told that the victim was AHA, he said that he contacted a member of the National Executive, Pastor Alcorn, for advice. Pastor McMartin believed this conversation occurred at the end of October 1999 and said that Pastor Alcorn decided that the allegations would need to be raised with Pastor Brian Houston.

Pastor McMartin said that he and Pastor Alcorn spoke to Pastor Brian Houston about the allegations about two weeks later and that Pastor Brian Houston appeared to be in shock.

Pastor McMartin told the Royal Commission that, at this stage, it was his understanding that the National Executive would undertake its own investigations and that members of the New South Wales State Executive could not continue the process under the Administration Manual, as the complaint had not been put in writing.

National Executive learns of the sexual abuse

Pastor Brian Houston stated that he first learned about the allegation against his father in late October 1999, when the Business Manager of Hills Christian Life Centre, Mr George Aghajanian, told him about it. Earlier that day, Mr Mudford had told Mr Aghajanian that there was an allegation of child sexual abuse against Mr Frank Houston.

Pastor Brian Houston told the Royal Commission that, at the time of being informed, he had no doubt that the allegation of child molestation against his father, if true, was criminal conduct.139

Pastor Brian Houston decided to confront Mr Frank Houston, who was then overseas, when he returned.140 In the meantime, he said he spoke with AHA’s mother about the allegation, but not with AHA because he had been warned that AHA was in a ‘brittle condition’.

In mid-November 1999, Pastor Brian Houston confronted his father. Pastor Brian Houston gave evidence that Mr Frank Houston confessed to him that he had fondled AHA’s genitals on one occasion and that he had been in contact with AHA and paid him a sum of money.142 Pastor Brian Houston said he may have taken notes at the time, but he could not locate these notes for the public

On 28 November 1999, Pastor Brian Houston met with pastors Taylor and McMartin. Taylor’s notes of the meeting record that:

Frank Houston had confessed to a lesser incident than the truthful one but it was further than I had been able to get
Frank said it was a ‘one of’ [sic] incident (which I did not and do not believe)

Brian said he and his family were in shock and that his father would be stood down from preaching. They would do it wisely

I said that [AHA] should receive counselling organised and paid for by the AOG [Assemblies of God in Australia]”

I said there was a possibility that [AHA] would go to court. l had told [AHA] that I would not stand with him in court unless the Church refused to deal with the matter Brian said he had spoken to a barrister who had told him that if it goes to court his father would surely be incarcerated for the crime.

Pastor Houston from preaching.

He gave evidence that Mr Frank Houston was ‘stood down instantly’ and that Mr Frank Houston ‘never, ever preached again anywhere after I confronted him in my office in mid to late November 1999’.

146 However, Pastor Taylor’s records show that Mr Frank Houston continued to preach in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory on 4 and 5 December 1999.