Pastor Frank Houston. Pedophile, homosexual and sado-masochistic

Frank Houston founder of Hillsong- still has influence at Hillsong through his son Brian, who is a clone of Frank Houston


I wrote the article below in November 2012, before the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Blog of 5 November 2012:

I was sitting in a church in my home town in Bellingen, North Coast New South Wales, Australia, last Sunday.

An Assemblies of God lay leader mentioned in his sermon that he believes there are five great men of God who we all owe a debt to for laying the foundations of the Assemblies of God Church in Australia. I was shocked as he listed Pastor Frank Houston as one of his five greats.

Surely this lay leader is not aware of the extent and gravity of Pastor Frank Houston’s pedophile and homosexual activities. And certainly he has not read my previous 5 blog articles about Pastor Frank Houston on this blog site.


Gay Frank Houston founder of Hillsong who was a secret lifelong gay and pedophile


Like the American cyclist Lance Armstrong who has been exposed as a drug doper, Pastor Frank Houston was stripped of all his hard-earned honours in the late 1990s. The Australian and NZ Assemblies of God denomination banned Pastor Frank Houston for life from ever ministering again. Pastor Frank Houston should have no place of honour anywhere. He was a truly very evil man.

Frank’s son, Pastor Brian Houston, the head of the Australian Churches and the Australian AOG is to blame for this. The Houston’s have done a great publicity job in trying to sanitise the memory of Pastor Frank Houston. However, no amount of sanitation is capable of controlling the strange and distasteful odours that continue to rise from Pastor Frank Houston’s memory and legacy. Pastor Frank Houston is a very evil man. Bad to the bone. I will now further explain why.


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Pastor Brian Houston, Frank Houston’s son,a and the current head pastor of Hillsong Global Church based in Sydney, Australia


As my previous four blog articles on Pastor Frank Houston have outlined, Pastor Frank Houston not only was a covert pedophile, a covert homosexual and dear I say it, a married man to Hazel, his dear wife. He also had sado-masochistic tendencies.

These sado-masochistic tendencies were expressed in his daily use of power and intimidation to his leaders and occasionally in doing massive hatchet jobs on his key leaders. If they erred or he simply didn’t like them, Frank could be brutal in his responses.

There was a saying at the time amongst people who knew Frank well or had experienced his wrath: “woe to the person that falls foul of Frank Houston”.

By far the biggest hatchet job I witnessed Pastor Frank Houston do was on his Music Director, his American import, Pastor David Johnson. I will deal with this in a future blog article. When a man or woman repeatedly falls out with people, after a time questions must be asked about that person’s contribution to their societal problems.

There was another hatchet job on a key leader that is worth recalling. The victim in this case was none other than his own son-in-law, Pastor Ian Carlisle. Ian was married to Frank’s daughter Maureen. Maureen was a quiet and reserved woman in her late 30s at the  time of this incident in about 1984.

Pastor Ian Carlisle was Pastor Frank’s right hand man. Along with Maureen and their four children he’d come across from Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand to Sydney to help Frank fulfill his vision for a church in Australia. As an aside, it is ironic that pedophile, homosexual Pastor Frank chose the Southern Hemisphere gay capital of inner city Sydney as his base. In reality, it’s a very very bad case of the blind leading the blind.



Frank was trying to escape his pedophile past in New Zealand, which by the late 70s was starting to catch up with him. One of the many young teens Frank had molested at Lower Hutt Assemblies of God in New Zealand, Peter Fowler, had complained to the police, and to the NZ Assemblies of God, of which Frank was the head of. The New Zealand AOG and Lower Hutt AOG made a pay-out. It was all very hush-hush but Pandora’s Box was threatening to open. And it was about to look real ugly one day. Prison and public shaming was a distinct possibility.

Frank’s son-in-law, Pastor Ian Carlisle, was a very funny and talented man. Ian was the perfect side-kick to the charismatic often intense visionary Frank. While Frank could be intense, Ian was laconic and good-natured. Things were going along truckingly with Frank and Ian until the wheels fell off the cart with the demise of Ian’s marriage to Maureen, Frank’s beloved daughter.

This marriage collapse was embarassing for Pastor Frank and his wife Hazel, As Hazel confided in me one day, “Yes, it (the marriage collapse) is embarassing and difficult for Frank and I. You can raise children but you can’t control their lives after they leave the nest”.


Hazel and Frank. Hazel was pragmatic. Hazel: “You can raise children but you can’t control their lives after they leave the nest”.


There was another man, Brad, involved in the break-up. I’m not privy to the nature of Maureen and his relationship before the break-up or his contribution to the marriage collapse.

Needless to say, Ian was replaced by a new man on the pew, Brad, when Maureen brought her four children to church. They wisely kept a low profile.

On the other hand, Pastor Ian was demoted from his position as Frank’s right hand man. Ian was a bit of a lost soul without his wife and kids, as separated and divorced men often are. Frank quietly side-lined Ian on overseas missions as Missions Director.

Ian’s jaunts overseas quickly deteriorated into Overseas Mission Parties. Ian was caught out partying with some free-wheeling American AOG female missionaries and also misusing a Church credit card to buy grog and smokes.


Pastor Ian Carlisle met some American AOG missionaries in the Philippines who liked to party


Instead of quietly dealing with the derailed Ian, who had already lost his marriage and kids by his side, Pastor Frank Houston gave in to his nasty sadomasochistic side and paraded Ian out in front of his leaders for a public execution.

I was one of his leaders and present there. It was a sham and very sickening.

As was his style, all Pastor Frank’s leaders were summoned to a special meeting in the auditorium one Tuesday night. Ian was paraded before the assembled crowd of about 70 mainly young leaders in their 20s and 30’s. At this time, Pastor Frank Houston was in his late 50s and a powerful and convincing little man. Pastor Frank ruled his kingdom with an iron fist and Pastor Ian was about to pay for his sins.


The pedophile Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in Sydney Australia in 1977. Liked to do hatchet jobs on his leaders


Like a despotic Oriental Mandarin, Frank solemnly and dramatically, read out Ian’s long list of mainly very minor sins. Part of this exercise for Frank was to show up Ian as a really bad husband to his beloved daughter Maureen, to somehow justify Maureen dumping Ian very publicly for another man, Brad.

Please spare a thought for the fact that at this time Frank was having homosexual encounters with young Worship director Peter Laughton, who was handily lodging with Frank and Hazel.


The Bishop and his boy. Rev William Francis “Frank” Houston with his young secret homosexual lover Peter Laughton. Their affair was from 1980 to 1984.


Pastor Frank was a very unworthy judge of Ian’s sins.  Frank’s sins were a thousand times greater. But this did not deter Frank Houston. There was a sadomasochistic hatchet job to be done on Ian and Frank was going to do it thoroughly. Ian was lucky it was not medieval times. The execution was public, the sword was psychological and emotional. But it still hurt like hell.

Ian was made to publicly confess his long list of petty, and quite understandable sins, before all his fellow leaders. Frank had berated Ian privately and Ian was a mess. Ian was shattered man and tearful and crying. Ian had lost his wife. He’d lost his children by his side and now he was loosing his ministry and credibility. Maureen was coming out smelling like roses and Frank was revelling in this sado-masochistic drama.


Gay Frank- a sadist


It all was way too much for me. In hindsight this display by Pastor Frank Houston and his treatment of poor Ian was the beginning of the end for me. It took another 5 years for me to part ways with CLC Darlinghurst and Hillsong but a decade with Pastor Frank Houston proved to be a decade way too long.

All the so-called “good deeds” of Frank Houston are more than crossed out by his pedophile sins against innocent children, his homosexual acts and his foul temper and foul treatment of leaders who he didn’t like or who opposed or challenged him in any way.


Boy victim AHA: “I still get flashbacks of Pastor Frank in my bedroom and see his face floating around me”.