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First Black Hillsong Lead Pastor Calls It Quits as Church Scandals Pile Up

Sam Collier Exits Troubled Megachurch; Plans to Launch Story Church on Easter Sunday

Less than a year after launching Hillsong Atlanta, Lead Pastor Sam Collier has resigned.

Collier cited multiple scandals involving the global megachurch, which is based in Australia, including that of its co-founder Brian Houston, who recently resigned after accusations of inappropriate behavior toward two women.

There were also allegations of sexual abuse and threats involving another pastor in New York, which occurred six months before the launch of the Atlanta church.

Despite corrective action by the megachurch that includes an independent investigation, Collier said it was too late.

While Hillsong Atlanta tried to push through the adversity, the scandals and news reports and “the church’s subsequent management of these attacks,” have been a challenge, he said.

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