The Hillsong Board

Brian Houston – Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church

Nabi Saleh is the former Executive Chairman of Gloria Jean’s Coffees worldwide and Chairman of Praise International USA which operates It’s A Grind coffee houses. His drive, passion and belief in people coupled with his strong business acumen and Godly wisdom have enabled him to continue to sit on several boards for large, non-profit organisations.

George Aghajanian is General Manager and a director of Hillsong Church Australia and its international entities. Upon leaving university he entered the private sector where he gained extensive experience in management, customer service, sales and marketing. George possesses a wealth of senior management experience working with both Australian and international organisations, and brings a strong balance of faith and practical business application to his role. George is married to Margaret and they have four children.

Leigh Howard-Smith is the Director owner of a national logistics and transport business. He is a long-standing board member of Hillsong Church and brings a wealth of business acumen to that role. Leigh is married to Denise.

Grant Thomson Grant is the Global Marketing Director for Hillsong. Along with a brilliant international team he is responsible for the communication and reach of the brands that operate in the commercial sphere and emanate from Hillsong. Grant holds masters degrees and certificates in management, marketing and theology from several Universities including Harvard, Deakin, Alphacrucis and Western Sydney.

Dane Gambrill is employed as a Client Executive of the Media & Entertainment industry at IBM, responsible for the relationship and business development of Australia’s largest publishing, broadcast and post production organisations. He has a number of technical and business related qualifications, most recently in direct marketing and is a participant in Hillsong’s IT Steering committee. Dane is married to Louise and they have three beautiful children.

Phillip Bradley Denton is an Executive Director of Hillscorp, a property development company, and is the director of several other property-related companies. In his past 25 years in the industry, he has gained a wealth of experience and skills in negotiation, sales and acquisitions, feasibilities and building relationships with joint-venture parties, clients and staff.

Melinda Dwight is the National Director of Alpha Australia, Chair of The William Wilberforce Foundation and the Chair of Harvest Bible College. Melinda has been an ordained minister with the ACC for 25 years and previously served as the Senior Pastor of a thriving church for 15 years, as well as serving on that Victorian ACC State Executive and was previously on the board of ACCI and Youth Alive Victoria.

Don Cooper-Williams is the founder of AltoPoint consulting, with over 4O years in senior roles in IT. With both godly wisdom and management skills, he is a gifted communicator within the church and the corporate community.

Lalita Stables (nee Ari) BBus, Sys, is Enterprise Sales Manager at Google Australia, following a successful corporate career with IBM for 11 years. She holds a Business Computing/Marketing degree. In 2002 she initiated a business advisory practice, consulting to recruitment agencies and their senior candidates, specialising in presentation skills. A steering committee member for the Inaugural Women’s Build Habitat for Humanity Project in Sydney, Lalita also co-founded Oasis Africa Australia, raised awareness and funds to start a school for orphans and now supports over 1200 students as well as presenting regularly at fundraising and philanthropic events. Lalita has worked as a professional session singer for 15 years with a strong theatre background in singing and acting and performed on a professional basis within Australia and internationally.

Ben Houston and his wife Lucille are the Lead Pastors of Hillsong Los Angeles. Ben is passionate about God and the Church and has a real heart to see people find hope, life, and answers in Jesus Christ. He was previously the Extension Service Campus Pastor at Hillsong Australia, overseeing the Extensions Services located throughout New South Wales and Queensland. Ben is an avid lover of all sports and has made a great impact in local rugby teams in Sydney. Ben and Lucille have three beautiful daughters Savannah Winter, Lexi Milan & Bailey Love.