child abuse

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong’s child abuse victims number in the hundreds. Four hundred plus.

 

The following is the signed statement of boy victim AHA to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October 2014.

AHA is one of Pastor Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong’s, sexual abuse boy victims.

AHA’s statement is dated 30 September 2014, a month before the Australian Royal Commission examined Brian Houston, Hillsong Church and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC).

The ACC was formerly called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG).

Boy victim AHA read this statement to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on 7 October 2014.

 

child sexual abuse victims of pastor Frank hosutgn the founder and godfather of hellions and the Australian chieftain churches organisation.

Child sexual abuse. Hillsong protects pedophiles.

 

I watched AHA give his testimony on my laptop on my farm in Bellingen, Northern NSW in October 2014.

Victim AHA took the oath. He was not visible on the screen but his voice was clear and strong. But he sounded broken.

AHA said his occupation was a disability pensioner. That his life had been a train wreck because of the impact of Pastor Frank Houston’s repeated abuse of him as a mere child from the tender and trusting age of 7 until the still very young and vulnerable age of 11. What a monster Pastor Frank Houston was.

On 30 September 2014 victim AHA was interviewed at the Royal Commission privately and had provided a written testimony. He shared his testimony verbally at the Royal Commission.

AHA recalled how in the late 1960s his family was involved quite heavily with the Australian Assemblies of God. They lived in a 2 bedroom flat in Coogee Beach.

In about 1969 or 1970 Pastor Frank Houston would visit Australia from New Zealand and take Christian meetings.

AHA’s family loved and trusted Pastor Frank Houston and were very supportive of him and his Christian ministry.

Pastor Frank Houston. Not laughing now?

Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Evil secret lifelong pedophile. Unrepentant, deceptive and in denial to the end. Over four hundred boy and male teen victims. Not laughing now. In Hades awaiting the Great  Final Judgment.

Pastor Frank Houston stayed with AHA’s family at times.

One time he stayed for a week with Brian, his then teen-age son, while Pastor Frank Houston was preaching at local churches in Sydney. Brian and AHA and his sister would play on the beach with Brian and so on.

The life of Brian

Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global Church. A heartless and very greedy man. Used to stay at AHA’s family apartment in Coogee Beach, Sydney, four beaches south of Bondi Beach, as a teenager and play with boy victim AHA on the beach when he was aged 7

The sleeping arrangements were that Frank and Brian would sleep in the bedroom in a double bunk where AHA’s sister normally slept. AHA’s sister would sleep in a osteopath bed of his dad’s in his parents room.

AHA slept alone on the enclosed balcony. AHA shared that during a one week stay by Frank and Brian, Pastor Frank Houston came into his bed every night and lay on him. AHA shared how he was asleep when this happened and awoke to find Pastor Frank lying on top of him.

AHA said this went on for hours during the night but stopped when it was still dark outside. He said Pastor Frank Houston touched him inappropriately.

AHA said he froze with fear, couldn’t speak and felt like it would go on forever.

AHA testified that on repeated occasions at his home and at other locations, Pastor Frank Hosuton sexually molested him.

Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Church.

Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Church. For five years the secret lifelong pedophile sexually molested boy victim AHA at his parent’s home in Coogee Beach Sydney when he stayed there as a guest, several times with his teen son Brian.

For 5 years Pastor Frank Houston came into his room when he stayed at AHA’s parents flat in Coogee, and lay on him, that he placed his hands on his genitals, that he placed a finger in his anus and that he masturbated AHA. AHA said he can’t recall, if oral sex was involved.

Throughout his testimony AHA was clear, strong and unemotional. AHA didn’t break down with emotion or anything but he said that the repeated sexual abuse experiences with Pastor Frank Houston from the ages of 7 to 12 had completely wrecked his life.

What came out very clearly from listening to the Hearing today is that Pastor Brian Houston is heartless towards victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston’s abuse and has done nothing to help them.

As I predicted in my last blog written this morning prior to the Hearing, Pastor Brian Houston hired an expensive lawyer, a Mr Higgins, to talk on his behalf at the Royal Commission.

My impression of Mr Higgins is that he is a hired hand with no heart for the victims. In fact his tone towards AHA was pompous and quite condescending. He waffled on about irrelevant things like dates and tried to detract from the credibility of the victim.

The Commissioner got irritated with him a few times and asked him what he was trying to achieve with all the minor rumblings about dates.

Pointedly Mr Higgin’s didn’t try to say the victim was making the whole thing up.

Nor did Pastor Brian Houston’s lawyer Mr Higgins challenge AHA’s allegation that Pastor Brian Houston had accused him of tempting his dad to commit pedophilia.

The problem for the erudite Mr Higgins, Hillsong and Pastor Brian Houston is that Pastor Frank Houston confessed his sexual abuse of victim AHA to many people including AOG staff, clergy and to AHA himself in 2000.

The problem is also that victim AHA sounded like he was telling the simple truth of what happened.

The victim AHA said that Pastor Frank Houston tried to pay him off and said Pastor Frank was desperate to obtain his forgiveness.

AHA said that Pastor Frank Houston phoned him many times in about 2000 and asked for his forgiveness and said stuff like say that he was really afraid what Almighty God would do to him on the other side when he died. For Pastor Frank Houston was old and destined to pass from this earth four years later.

By the end of the day I was wondering why anyone would go to Hillsong, listen to a cold-hearted so-called Pastor like Brian Houston, buy Hillsong product, sing their songs or ever want to hear the Houston or Hillsong name again.

Pastor Brian Houston. Completely heartless towards victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston's child sex abuse. Zero care factor. Only concerned about the Houston and Hillsong name and reputation.

Pastor Brian Houston. Completely heartless towards victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston’s child sex abuse. Zero care factor. Only concerned about the Houston and Hillsong name and reputation.

Here is the transcript of AHA boy victim’s statement.

I’ve downloaded it from the Royal Commission website. There are numerous other interesting documents there.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Statement

Name (suppressed)

Address (suppressed)

Occupation: Disability Pensioner Date 30 September 2014

     1. This statement made by me accurately sets out the evidence that I am prepared to give to the Royal Commission into    Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The statement is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.
  1. Where direct speech is referred to in this statement, it is provided in words or words to the effect of those which were used, to the best of my recollection.
  2. My full name is (suppressed)   My date of birth is-1962.
  3. In or about the late 1960s my family were quite heavily involved in Assemblies of God church (“AOG”). My family were personal friends with Pastor Frank Houston (“Pastor Frank”) and his family. Pastor Frank lived in New Zealand however, he frequently visited Australia to preach and conduct religious seminars. By the late 1970s he was also setting up the church, Sydney Christian Life Centre (“Sydney CLC”) in Sydney. Sydney CLC first started as open air meetings in a scout hall in Double Bay, and quickly evolved into Sydney CLC headquarters on Oxford Street. Sydney CLC later merged with Hills Christian Life Centre (“Hills CLC”) to become Hillsong Church.
  4. About 1969 or 1970, Pastor Frank would stay with my family in Coogee, NSW every now and again when he came to Australia. I was about seven or eight years old at this time. His son Brian, who was in his mid-teens, also stayed with us on one or two occasions. Brian and I would play together at Coogee Beach when they would come stay with us. Pastor Frank’s other son, Graeme would also stay sometimes. Pastor Frank’s wife would sometimes visit but she didn’t stay.
  1. In January 1970, I recall that Pastor Frank and his son, Brian, stayed with us for almost a whole week. I’m aware of the date because Pastor Frank signed and dated my mother’s bible which she still has and this is the day before my birthday. A photocopy of the signed bible is attached to this statement as “Annexure A”.
  2. Pastor Frank was a popular preacher and during this visit from New Zealand he didn’t just preach at one church but visited different churches. My family would often go to the different churches with him. We would go to see him before or after the meeting and he would hug and kiss me in front of other people. We would also sometimes go into an office alone where he would feel between my legs. I remember this happening at an evangelical camp in Windsor.
  3. On this trip, Pastor Frank and Brian were staying in my sister’s room which had a bunk bed while my sister stayed in my parent’s room. I had a room to myself that was a walled off part of our verandah. Pastor Frank would creep into my room late at night nearly every night of the week. I would be asleep when he came in and then I would wake up with him standing over me. I remember that when he was touching me inappropriately I would be petrified and would just lay very still. I could not speak while this was happening and felt like I could not breathe. I’m not sure how long he would stay in the room with me but it felt like forever. I know that he left when it was still full dark.
  4. 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.

10. I continued to attend Sydney CLC regularly after the abuse stopped. I usually attended every Sunday. I can’t recall when I   stopped attending church but my attendance slowly filtered away as I wasn’t keen on being too close to Pastor Frank. On occasions I would still see him at the back of the church and he would come up and hug me.

I was so ashamed of the abuse that I kept it inside for many years and did not tell anyone. It was only on or about 1978, when I was about 16 years old, that I told my mother about the abuse. My mother was still heavily involved in the church at that time and I observed that it was difficult for her to accept what I told her. All of her friends were involved in the church, and the Houstons were considered to be almost like royalty in those circles. Pastor Frank was a very popular character and everyone wanted to go to his church in those days. After I told her about the abuse my mother said words to the following effect: “You don’t want to be responsible for turning people from the church and sending them to hell.”

My mother’s response affected me and made me think that I did not want to cause any trouble. I therefore did not pursue the matter any further.

Disclosure of abuse to church

12. On or about September 1999, my mother attended a church meeting at Emmanuel Christian Family Church in Plumpton, New South Wales. The church is an AOG church. Pastor Barbara Taylor (“Pastor Taylor”) ran that church and was holding an outreach meeting.

Little old Pastor Barbara Taylor being escorted into the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October 2014. Pastor Barbara Taylor explained how Pastor Brian Houston had stonewalled her, ignored her, sidelined her and belittled her for fourteen long year from 1999 until the Royal Commission in order to shelter and protect his father, his reputation as the great Brian Houston and Hillsong reputation, which is his baby.

Pastor Barbara Taylor being escorted into the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October 2014. Pastor Barbara Taylor explained to the Royal Commission how Pastor Brian Houston had stonewalled her, ignored her, sidelined her and belittled her for fourteen long years from 1999 until the Royal Commission in order to shelter and protect his father, his reputation as the great Brian Houston and Hillsong reputation, which is his baby.

Pastor Kevin Mudford (“Pastor Mudford”) was also present at the outreach meeting.

13. My mother called me and told me she had a conversation with Pastor Mudford and told him that I had been sexually abused by Pastor Frank. She warned me that Pastor Mudford was on his way to my home. She said words to the following effect: “He’s coming around there. He’s very aggressive, he’s very angry at you.”

14. Shortly thereafter, Pastor Mudford came to my home and started pounding on the front door. I believe it was a Sunday morning when these events took place. When I opened the door he proceeded to shout at me in a very aggressive manner. He shouted words to the effect that I had made up the story about Pastor Frank. Pastor Mudford then barged through the front door.

 

"Pastor" Kevin "Mad dog" Mudford. It makes you wonder what kind of bogan monkeys the Australian Christian Churches let into ministry.

“Pastor” Kevin “Mad Dog” Mudford. It makes you wonder what kind of bogan monkeys the Australian Christian Churches let into ministry.

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15. Pastor Taylor arrived as Pastor Mudford was getting ready to leave my house as I wanted him out. Both Pastor Taylor and Pastor Mudford questioned me about the allegations I had made against Pastor Frank. They tried to tell me that what I was saying was not true, and they both said words to the following effect: “Frank Houston couldn’t have done that. He’s a good man.” However, I got the impression that Pastor Taylor believed my story to some degree by the end of our conversation. She said that she would speak to the church hierarchy on my behalf and get back to me about it.

Response

16. On or about 16 September 1999, about a week after Pastors Taylor and Mudford had come to my house, I received a letter from Pastor Taylor [ACC.0006.001.0006]. Pastor Taylor stated in her letter to me that she had seen Pastor John McMartin, an executive member of the AOG and that Pastor McMartin had said that the AOG have a structure in place that can and will deal with allegations of child sexual abuse if they have a written accusation with the time and place. The letter also said “the secular courts is not the way…” and she encouraged me to go to the church with my story as the church would give me a fair hearing.

John McMartin. Too skinny for jail at the moment.

Pastor John McMartin. Has been recommended for prosecution by the Royal Commission for pedophile protection. Too skinny for jail at the moment. Needs to eat his baked beans, bacon, sausages, hash browns and eggs and fatten up.

John McMartin

Pastor John McMartin of Inspire Church Liverpool Sydney. A total crook, liar and charlatan.

17. Although Pastor Taylor told Pastor McMartin of the AOG my story, I never received any correspondence or communication directly from anyone at Sydney CLC, Hillsong or from anyone in the AOG hierarchy itself about this matter. The only contact I had was from Pastor Frank himself who started calling me and my mother on a regular basis. The phone calls started coming about a week or two after I received the letter of 16 September 1999 from Pastor Taylor. I received several telephone calls from Pastor Frank over different periods. When he called me, he would say words to the following effect: “I want to get together to discuss some sort of money as a compensation to you… I don’t want this on my head when I stand in front of God.” The money was something that he brought up. It wasn’t something that I asked him for.

18. I eventually agreed to meet with Pastor Frank on or about early 2000. I decided to meet him because of his phone calls as I didn’t want to hear from him any longer and just wanted to get it over and done with. The meeting was at Redfern Station in Sydney. I attended that meeting but when I saw Pastor Frank pull up in his green Jaguar, I walked away. Seeing him bothered me and I did not want to be anywhere near him. Even being in the same State as him bothered me and I just didn’t want to connect with him.

19. Following the near-meeting at Redfern station, Pastor Frank continued to attempt to make contact with me and my mother. When he called me, he would say words to the following effect, “we need to meet. I want to organise some money far you, some compensation, and get this off.”

20. On or about late 2000, whilst Pastor Frank was still active in the church, I agreed to meet with him. The meeting was held at a McDonalds restaurant at Thornleigh, just up Pennant Hills Road. When I arrived at McDonalds, I saw Pastor Frank’s green Jaguar in the car park. Inside the restaurant I saw Pastor Frank sitting down next to a man whom I did not recognise {“the unnamed man”}.

Mcdonalds 4

Edit of 9 April 2016: the unmanned man was Nabi Saleh a then and current Hillsong elder and the founder and former owner of Gloria Jean Coffee. He sold it for $160 million two years ago.

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Nabi Saleh.

Nabi Saleh. Long-time hillsong elder and very wealthy man. Worth $200 million. An evil heartless accomplish of Brian Houston. Up to all the Hillsong graft, deception and pedophile protection to his snout.

The unnamed man was eating a burger. Pastor Frank said words to the following effect:

“I want your forgiveness for this. I don’t want to die and have to face God with this on my head.”

The unnamed man then put a food-stained napkin down in front of me and words were said to the following effect

Unnamed man: “You put your signature there and I’ll give you the $10,000.”

Pastor Frank: “Just do it and say you forgive me, and that’ll be it.”

Pastor Frank Houston as an old man. Evil life-long pedophile.

Pastor Frank Houston an evil scheming totally deluded completely dysfunctional old man about the time of this meeting. Evil life-long secret pedophile. Pastor Frank to boy victim AHA: “Just sign it and say you forgive me, and that’ll be it”. Its not that easy Frank. God requires your head.

At this stage, I was nearly going into a panic. I just wanted to get away from the whole situation. I signed the napkin. The unnamed man said words to the following effect

“If there’s any problems contact me or Brian but you’ll get your money.”

Wishing you all a Happy and Free Christmas. Brother Nabi Saleh. The Mr Fixer of Hillsong.

Corrupt Hillsong elder Nabi Saleh. A close evil friend of Brian Houston. The Mr Fixer of Hillsong. Part of the Hillsong mafia.

I left the restaurant after that.

21. About two months after my meeting with Pastor Frank at McDonalds, I telephoned Brian Houston as I had not yet received any money from Pastor Frank. We had a conversation to the following effect:

Me: “What’s happening with the payment I was promised? I agreed to forgive your father.”

Brian: “Yes, ok, I’ll get the money to you. There’s no problem… You know, it’s your fault all of this happened. You tempted my father.”

Me: “Why, did he molest you also?”

Brian got very angry after that. He slammed the phone down after saying words to the effect of:

“You’ll be getting money.”

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Pastor Brian Houston. Very mixed up. Almost certainly molested as a little boy by his “out-of-control” evil pedophile father Frank Houston  the founder of Hillsong Church.

22. I’m certain that Brian Houston knew about the meeting that I had with Pastor Frank at McDonalds. I did not tell him about the meeting during our phone conversation however, he appeared to be aware of it and I therefore assumed that Pastor Frank had discussed it with him. Pastor Frank had also told me I could call Brian Houston if there was a problem so that made me believe that Pastor Frank would speak to Brian about the agreement made at McDonalds.

  1. About half a month later a cheque in the sum of $10,000 arrived in the post. There was no correspondence of any sort with the cheque. I can not recall who the drawer of the cheque was.
  2. On or about 2000, I was watching Brian Houston deliver a Hillsong sermon on television. Brian Houston was very emotional and teary-eyed and he said to the congregation words to the following effect:
 “I would like you all to pray for me and my family. My father has been involved in a minor indiscretion that happened thirty years ago in New Zealand and we would just like you to pray for us.”

I knew this to be a reference to allegations that I had read online that Pastor Frank had sexually abused a child or children thirty years ago while he was working with the Salvation Army in New Zealand. I was appalled that Brian Houston had not revealed the extent of the allegations against his father, including my more recent story of abuse by him in Australia. He also avoided using the word “paedophilia” or anything that like that. I thought it was corrupt that he has used the phrase “involved in a minor indiscretion” to describe Pastor Frank’s conduct. As far as I was aware, Pastor Frank was still preaching on and off at this time, and was also doing seminars.

25. On around 2000 Brian Houston was featured on the ABC’s Australian Story, and he said that his father would step down from preaching.

26. I’m not aware of the exact time but sometime between the years 2000 and 2004, my mother told me that Brian Houston had telephoned her. The reason I know it was between these years as it was after the time that everything started to become public in 2000 but before Pastor Frank’s memorial service in November 2004. My mother told me that Brian Houston had said words to the following effect:

Brian Houston: “It’s terrible what happened to AHA~but the church has to come first… My father never molested me.”

Brian Houston in denial: "It's terrible what happened to ~but the church has to come first... My father never molested me."

Brian: “I wasn’t molested by dad. Dad would come to my bedroom when i was a little boy, lie with me and put his hand down my pyjamas to help  him relax at night.” Brian Houston is in denial: “It’s terrible what happened to AHA~but Hillsong church has to come first… We can’t spare the cash to help AHA or any of the other poor sexual abuse victims. My father Frank never molested me.”

27. As far as I am aware the Police were never involved in this matter and Hillsong did not notify any external authorities about the allegations against Pastor Frank.

Effects of abuse

28. I feel that what Pastor Frank did to me destroyed my childhood. What he did to me and what he made me do has had a bad reflection on me for the rest of my life. For many years I was full of shame, fear and embarrassment. Now I feel mostly anger.

29. The abuse has had long-term effects on me. Late in the night I still get flashbacks of Pastor Frank in my bedroom and see his face floating around me. I have difficulties being in the presence of elderly men. I also have difficulty being intimate with my wife. I can’t relate to my own children. I find it awkward to hug my own sons because I don’t want them getting used to another male hugging them. Emotionally I don’t feel close to anyone and I feel like I’m dead and emotionless on the inside. I am currently suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress syndrome. I am on a disability pension. My doctor has diagnosed the cause of these illnesses as Pastor Frank’s abuse.

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

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

30. I felt very isolated when my story first started to come out and the church community made me feel like I was the problem. Nobody believed my story and others put pressure on me to keep my mouth shut. I felt that the church’s response was completely inadequate and I have received absolutely no support, counselling, apology or acknowledgment of the abuse. I believe that Brian Houston and the other elders of Hillsong church kept Pastor Frank’s history as quiet as they could, and they have not been held accountable for how they have handled my allegation.

Brian Houston. I felt that the church's response was completely inadequate and I have received absolutely no support, counselling, apology or acknowledgment of the abuse. I believe that Brian Houston and the other elders of Hillsong church kept Pastor Frank's history as quiet as they could, and they have not been held accountable for how they have handled my allegation.

Boy victim AHA’s opinion about Brian Houston: “I felt that the church’s response was completely inadequate and I have received absolutely no support, counselling, apology or acknowledgment of the abuse. I believe that Brian Houston and the other elders of Hillsong church kept Pastor Frank’s history as quiet as they could, and they have not been held accountable for how they have handled my allegation”.

Bobbie Houston, Brian Houston's wife and co-head pastor of Hillsong Church. Also liable.

Bobbie Houston, Brian Houston’s wife and co-head pastor of Hillsong Church. Also liable and complicit in multiple pedophile protection crimes.