Former Hillsong Church's teaching pastor Pat Mesiti has pleaded guilty of assaulting his wife on New Year's Eve while they were finalising their divorce in a Western Sydney court. Mesiti and his wife have been married for 13 years but are now in the final stages of divorce, having separated last April. Mesiti moved out of the family home in Glenhaven the following month.
Documents tendered in Parramatta Local Court state Mesiti and his wife were both out separately with friends on December 31 last year when Mesiti saw photos posted on Facebook by a young female relative, showing a party in full swing at the Glenhaven house. He immediately began calling and texting Mrs Mesiti, warning her he was calling police.
"After arriving home, the accused, being intoxicated, has begun arguing with all the partygoers including (the young relative), demanding them all to get out," the documents state."About 10pm the victim has arrived at the home before walking down the driveway and into the front door."
After a heated verbal argument during which Mrs Mesiti defended allowing the party, Mesiti grabbed his wife by the neck.
"A physical altercation has ensued during which the victim has felt an impact to the right side of her head," the documents state.
Police arrived as Mrs Mesiti and the young relative were leaving in tears.
Mesiti was one of the lead teaching pastors at Hillsong Church and he has often shared the stage in teaching together with Hillsong senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston. Hillsong Church is primarily known for being a leader in worship music under the helm of its former worship pastor Darlene Zschech. The church has blessed us with songs such as "Shout to the Lord," "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," "The Potter's Hands," "Cornerstone" and many othes.
However, Mesiti had been involved in sexual and adulterous relationships with prostitutes and he thus been sacked by the Australian megachurch and stripped of his licence to minister. Gone is the Pat Mesiti Ministries signage that distinguished the entrance of his Castle Hill mansion. In his glory days Pat Mesiti was a National Director of Australian Christian Churches.
Now, Mesiti serves as a motivational speaker promising to make millionaires out of his clients.