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The Hillsong Board

Dr Stephen Crouch
Board member since 2016

Stephen is a Charted Accountant [Fellow] and Principal of an accounting and financial services firm. With over 30 years of industry experience – starting as a CA with KPMG and then moving to private practice in 1996 – Stephen has a wealth of commercial experience and is well placed to make contributions to strategy and structure, financial reporting and taxation, risk and assurance, supply chain and information systems. Stephen completed his Doctorate of Business Administration at Macquarie Graduate School of Management in 2010.  In addition to this he chairs and is a director in both commercial and charitable organisations. Stephen is an active member of Hillsong Church Sydney and has served in a voluntary capacity for over thirty years.

George Aghajanian
Board member since 2016

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.

Tolu Badders
Board member since 2020

Tolu Badders, MEcon serves as the Executive Pastor and Chief Operating Officer at Hillsong East Coast. Tolu holds a Master of Economics in Regional Science and is currently finishing a PhD in Regional Economics at Cornell University. She brings extensive experience and knowledge in the areas of leadership, management, strategy, and operations. She is passionate about building the church and championing people. She and her husband Brett live in New York City.


Gary Clarke
Board member since 2016

Gary is a Hillsong Global Pastor who assists in the growth and development of our international Hillsong Churches and their teams. Originally from Hillsong Sydney, before leading Hillsong UK for many years Gary brings a broad and unique perspective to our Global Board and Eldership.

Russell Dacre
Board member since 2016

Russ is the Managing Director & Founder of LIND, a group of 13 automotive franchises representing BMW, Harley-Davidson, and Triumph motorcycles, and Porsche cars in the UK. He is married to Alethea, and they have 3 boys: RB, Raffi & Benji. Based in London they enjoy being part of Hillsong Church in Central London.


Phillip Denton
Board member since 2016

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.

Phillip Dooley
Board member since 2016

Phil Dooley is the lead pastor of Hillsong Church South Africa alongside his wife, Lucinda. They have three children, Abbey, Bella & Zac, two dogs (Bruno & Oscar who feature occasionally in Instagram stories!). Phil grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to Cape Town South Africa in 2008 to launch church. Phil is passionate about building a church in South Africa that brings hope to all people and ultimately helps build a nation. He loves AFRICA, and believes the best days for this continent are ahead! Phil is committed to lifting the lives of people through whatever means possible, believing that every person has a unique God-given purpose, therefore everyone is valuable and everyone can make a difference in the life of someone. Phil is a dynamic communicator and passionate about leadership, constantly learning to become a better leader himself and encouraging others to develop their own personal leadership.

Phil and Lucinda Dooley have recently taken over as Interim Global Senior Pastors of Hillsong Church.

Darren Kitto
Board member since 2019

Darren Kitto is a key member of the Hillsong Global Team, and has worked closely with Pastor Brian Houston developing the Global Ministry. Darren has been on the Hillsong Team for 25 years, and in 2016 moved to California to launch the Hillsong Channel. Darren oversees many of Hillsong’s Global Ministries including the Hillsong Leadership Network, Hillsong Family and Hillsong Channel. He has also led Hillsong Aid and Development programs for the past 15 years, which are focused on uplifting people from extreme poverty and helping make a way for some of the most marginalised people to see lasting change in their circumstances for the better. Darren is passionate about justice and seeing people become all they were designed to be. Darren is married to Karen and has four children Bethany, Annabelle, Samuel and William.

Nabi Saleh
Board member since 2016

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.