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USA: Willow Creek leaders resign

Heather Larson, lead pastor of one of the largest evangelical churches in the US, announced in early August that she is stepping down, along with the entire Board of Elders, after a string of sexual harassment allegations against its founder, Bill Hybels.

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Bill Hybels | photo: redletterchristians.org

In April, Hybels stepped down as senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, the Chicago church he founded over 40 years ago. He strongly denied the accusations made by former staff members. He said: ‘I’ve been accused of many things I simply did not do. But let me acknowledge things I have done. I confess to anger at the accusations. … I sincerely wish my initial response had been listening and humble reflection.’