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Phil and Lucinda Dooley Are the New Global Senior Pastors of Hillsong Church

Phil and Lucinda Dooley Are the New Global Senior Pastors of Hillsong Church

Hillsong Church has a new set of global senior pastors: Phil and Lucinda Dooley.

The Dooleys were appointed to the position after serving as interim pastors following the resignation of Hillsong founder, Brian Houston.

Stephen Crouch, the Hillsong Church Global Board chair, spoke to the congregation on Sunday and praised the Dooleys for their many years of dedicated service to the church.

“Phil and Lucinda were raised up in our church. They have served many roles, as youth pastors, worship pastors, pastoral care, and for the last 14 years dedicating their lives to establishing and building a flourishing church in South Africa,” Hillsong Church Global Board chair Stephen Crouch said on Sunday.

“We believe, that is the global senior board believe[s], that they have got the spirit of leadership on their life,” he continued. “And as we have come to see them more closely, as you have come to see them more closely, you can see that they follow the Lord wholeheartedly. That they are Jesus followers.”

The Dooleys’ previous experience includes leading Hillsong Church Australia’s youth and young adults’ ministries for 12 years before moving to Cape Town, South Africa, to serve as lead pastors of Hillsong Church Africa, a multi-campus church with locations across South Africa and the African continent.

The appointment of Phil and Lucinda Dooley as the new global senior pastors of Hillsong Church marks a new chapter in the church’s history. Last year, Brian Houston resigned from the position following a string of scandals. The Dooleys were named as interim pastors, but officially took over this past weekend.

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