Tanya Levin

Tanya Levin


Tanya Levin


Tanya Levin is a social worker and writer whose 2007 book People in Glass Houses: An Insider’s Story of a Life in and out of Hillsong, an exposé of the Hillsong Church, was short-listed for the 2007 Walkley Non-fiction Book Award.

Born: January 8, 1971 (age 44), South Africa

Books: People in Glass Houses: An Insider’s Story of a Life in and Out of Hillsong

My comments:

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley

Tanya Levin is a disenchanted former Hillsong member who has gone way further than most when she left Hillsong, frustrated and disillusioned.

As a result of her relentless campaigning against Hillsong, in the minds of Hillsong’s head pastors, Pastors Bobbie and Brian Houston, and in the mind of Hillsong’s business manager, George Aghajanian, Tanya has become Hillsong’s public enemy number one.

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston

Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston

George Aghajanian

George Aghajanian. Hillsong’s business manager

I’ve been contacted by a high up Hillsong insider who believes that Hillsong has gone off the rails and wants to tell their story.

This article is the fourth in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.

Hillsong insider speaks:

“Dear Donald

Hillsong keeps reports on members, just like a cult.

Pastor Steve McGhie is the most corrupt guy in Hillsong. He has a hatred towards Aborigines.

Pastor Steve McGhie

Pastor Steve McGhie. Great White Man. Hates Aborigines.

“All Hillsong leaders and Hillsong security have photographs of Tanya Levin. Hillsong can’t stand Tanya Levin.

Whenever Hillsong leaders or Hillsong security spot Tanya Levin near a Hillsong event or a Hillsong church, Hillsong security goes into overdrive. Photographs of her and what she is wearing go out to every Hillsong Security staff member and to every Hillsong church leader in Australia.

If Hillsong knows a dissenter is out and about, Hillsong security will send someone to track their every move. They do this to Tanya Levin every time.

They watch what Tanya does, who she speaks to and it all goes into a report. Hillsong pastors go and talk to anyone Tanya has spoken to, to get information on what the conversation was about, and then the Hillsong church member who spoke to Tanya gets a debrief and a warning about her.

Hillsong Security leadership teaches teams of people how to do this and how to pass on sightings and write Hillsong security reports.

The Hillsong Head of Security reports to Pastor Steve McGhie, Pastor Brian Houston’s brother in law, who is Brian’s fix-it man and henchman.

Pastor Steve McGhie’s wife Judith, Pastor Brian Houston’s sister, is a sour lemon and very nasty. She’s not right in the head. Judith is known amongst Hillsong as having a foul temper, belittling people and deceiving people.

Hillsong has become corporate now. It’s business, business, business. It’s a job for the pastors and leaders. It’s about making money and exploiting commercial and advancement opportunities.

The current Head of Security is a convicted criminal. He did time in jail in America. He’s now a pastor. He married Pastor Joel A’bel, the Head Pastor of Hillsong Australia’s secretary. Due to his criminal record in America, which he speaks openly about, he wouldn’t have been able to find work in Australia if Hillsong hadn’t given him a job.

The Hillsong culture and environment is ruthless. The pastors and leaders intimidate people under their leadership. Leaders intimidate each other. There is a culture of bullying towards one another. Pastors and leaders are scared of those above them.

Hillsong write reports on everyone and everything.

To cover their tracks they shred documents all the time.

Single mothers are treated badly. Even good looking single mums are looked down on.

Pastor Brian Houston has a bad temper. Once he was in a hurry, running late, and the lifts at Hillsong were too slow. Brian lost it and punched a hole in a gyprock wall adjacent the lifts.

In his mind Brian Houston acts and thinks like, “I’m the great Brian Houston”.

Pastor Brian Houston. More concerned about the Houston and AOG reputation. Abuse victims stone-walled..

Pastor Brian Houston: “I’m the great Brian Houston”.

My comments:

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley of Bellingen

I’m flabbergasted by the comments of this Hillsong insider. I don’t know what to say. I’m lost for words, which is rare. A great sadness fills my heart. A church without the Holy Spirit is ever so sad and empty. All that’s left is a hollow corporate empty shell.