|A Hillsong Church conference earlier this year: the popular |
Pentecostal church will come under royal commission scrutiny.
It will look at allegations made against Frank Houston, who admitted sexually abusing a boy in New Zealand in the 1970s.
Houston was sacked by his son Brian Houston, now the Hillsong Church's senior pastor, when the allegations became public in 2000. The disgraced evangelist died in 2004.
|Frank Houston, widely regarded as the |
father of Australia's Pentecostal
movement, admitted sexually abusing
a boy in New Zealand in the 1970s.
Hillsong has grown into one of Australia's biggest movements with 30,000 weekly churchgoers and affiliated congregation around the world. Worship music that came out of Hillsong in the 1990s changed worship music globally.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will also look at the response of Australian Christian Churches to allegations of child sexual abuse made against former church youth worker Jonathan Thomas Baldwin.
Baldwin was sentenced to eight years' jail in 2009 after being found guilty of molesting a teenage boy he met through his role as a youth pastor at a Sunshine Coast church.
Maroochydore District Court heard the abuse started in 2004 and continued for an 18-month period, occurring at a church sleepover, a car park near the church and during a Gold Coast holiday.
The royal commission will also examine the response of the Northside Christian College and the Northside Christian Centre, now Encompass Church, to allegations of child sexual abuse made against former teacher Kenneth Sandilands.
Encompass Church pastor John Spinella said the church welcomed the inquiry and said it was co-operating with royal commission staff.
"As a church we have recognised these past failures and take the opportunity to apologise for the suffering and pain endured by those who were abused," he said.
The public hearing will begin in Sydney on October 7.