Statement from Pastor Bobbie Houston

8 January 2021

A recently published media article included comments that I made almost 20 years ago while I was teaching on the subject of healthy marriage, intimacy and family.  In that teaching I used certain words and examples that were unwise and offensive, and especially so in a world where appropriate and sensitive language is of absolute critical importance.  I unreservedly and humbly apologised then for any hurt incurred, and I do so again.  For over two decades, I have sought to champion the value and rights of women, but that was not reflected in my comments.  We live in a world where words carry enormous weight and consequence, and rightfully so. Life brings with it many lessons and moments of deep regret. I hope and pray that those affected will find it in their hearts to forgive me.

Bobbie Houston