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He’s a Superstar Pastor. She Worked for Him and Says He Groped Her Repeatedly. (The New York Times, 8/5/2018)
After years of inquiries, Willow Creek pastor denies misconduct allegations. (Chicago Tribune, 3/23/2018)
The alleged behavior included suggestive comments, extended hugs, an unwanted kiss and invitations to hotel rooms. It also included an allegation of a prolonged consensual affair with a married woman who later said her claim about the affair was not true, the Tribune found.
Elders of the church — appointed members who oversee Willow Creek’s administration and pastor — had conducted the reviews after claims about Hybels came to their attention more than four years ago.
Pushing for the investigation were two former teaching pastors and the wife of a longtime president of the Willow Creek Association, a nonprofit organization related to the church.
Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders. (Christianity Today, 3/23/2018)
Vonda Dyer, a former Willow Creek employee, told the Tribune that Hybels told a joke about oral sex while they were out on his boat with another staff woman—a claim Hybels denies. She also says he repeatedly asked her to come to his hotel room.