“High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens recently shared that she loves attending Australian Megachurch Hillsong because it strongly encourages congregants to have their “own personal relationship with Jesus.”
Although she was raised a Catholic and adhered to atheism for many years, the 26 year old actress recently embraced Christianity, in part due to the influence of her boyfriend, 23 year old Austin Butler, who also attends Hillsong.
“It feels like Arcade Fire – it’s epic like that,” Hudgens told the Times regarding the church’s award-winning worship band Hillsong United. “They really focus on you having your own personal relationship with Jesus, which is wonderful.”
Hillsong Church was founded in 1983 by Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston and is known for its relaxed, modern atmosphere and extensive mission program. Hillsong’s website states that it is “a Church about a God, who is all about people,” and their “singular, all-consuming passion is to build God’s Church and Kingdom.”
Over 100,000 worshipers attend Hillsong’s services held every weekend at its twelve campuses throughout the country, including New York and Los Angeles. In Australia, the megachurch has six campuses and twice as many extension services. (Read more from “Actress Loves Church for ‘Their Focus on Having Personal Relationship With Jesus'” HERE)