American author and religious leader William Hybels. In South Barrington, Illinois, one of the busiest churches in North America with an average attendance of close to 24,000 as of late 2018, he founded and served as senior pastor.
He established the Global Leadership Summit and the Willow Creek Association. Hybels has written a number of publications for Christians, many of which focus on Christian leadership.
Hybels was scheduled to retire from Willow Creek in October 2018, but instead, he resigned in April 2018 after being accused of sexual misconduct. Despite Hybels’ denial of each and every accusation, a third-party investigation determined the allegations to be reliable.
Where is Bill Hybels Now?
William Hybels is a well-known figure in American Christianity and also writes books. Hybels is known for his role as the founding pastor as well as the previous senior pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.
As of late 2018, the church had an average weekly attendance of about 24,000 people, making it one of the churches in North America with the highest number of attendees.
In addition to being the architect of the Willow Creek Association and the Global Leadership Summit, Bill Hybels is also the author of a number of Christian publications, most of which are focused on the topic of Christian leadership.
The former pastor was scheduled to retire from his job at Willow Creek in October 2018, but he resigned in April 2018 after claims of sexual misconduct were brought against him. The allegations include that the former pastor engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with multiple women.
Despite the fact that Hybels has refuted all of the charges, an independent investigation found that the allegations were believable.
In March 2019, it was announced that an independent investigation of Bill’s wrongdoing that lasted for six months and was conducted by four evangelical leaders deemed the allegations to be believable.
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According to the reviewers’ assertions, disciplinary action would be necessary if he continued to serve as a pastor at Willow Creek Church.
In January 2020, the church made the announcement that Bill’s mentor, Gilbert Bilezikian, had also participated in “inappropriate behavior.” This came after a member of the church claimed that he had sexually assaulted her over a period of time that spanned several years.