World-renowned worship leader Darlene Zschech, famous for being the face of Hillsong Worship and writing the worship standard “Shout to the Lord”, has sold her oceanside mansion for over $4,000,000.
The best-selling musician made her home alongside Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston at Hillsong Church for over 25 years, serving as “worship pastor” of the Hillsong team and leading praise and worship worldwide. Zshech was also the “brand” of Hillsong in a large way, featured prominently on all their albums and selling over 5 million records.
Darlene left Hillsong in 2011 to become a senior pastor, along with her husband Mark Zchech, at Hope Unlimited Church, a multi-site campus that now boasts 11 locations across three continents.
According to the Daily Mercury which reported on the sale of the house: “Selling agent Tim Andrews from LJ Hooker Terrigal would not comment on the sale price, but during marketing the property had a guide of $4-$4.4 million. It was purchased by a local family making a sea change from acreage.
With luxury touches sprawling across three separate levels, the 1258-square-meter [13541 square feet] property hugs the headland that separates Terrigal and North Avoca and includes state of the art home technology, multiple entertainment areas including a pool and barbecue area and several cliff facing balconies as well as a private movie theatre.”
We don’t know what prompted her to buy this mansion in the first place, or why she felt that such an opulent abode was befitting a minister of Christ. Clearly the worship business has been exceedingly lucrative for Zchech, who has been richly rewarded for peddling Hillsong prosperity propaganda for decades.