NEW YORK (AP) – Carl Lentz, the celebrity attraction magnet of a pastor who brought global supermarket Hillsong from Australia to the United States, was fired, admitting on Instagram that he cheated on his wife.
The leader of HillsongNYC, who has submitted to Justin Bieber and a host of other celebrities and sports stars, writes: “When you lead from an empty place, you make choices with real consequences. I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and responsible for it.
Lentz and his wife, Laura, met as students at the Hillsong Training College in Sydney, arrived in New York in 2010 to spread the church’s style of crowdsourcing, smooth online accessibility. and Grammy-winning Christian rock music across the US. between millennials and others.
The couple lives in Montclair, New Jersey. They married in 2003 and have three children.
Brian Houston, senior global pastor and founder of Hillsong, said in a message to the church’s East Coast congregations on Wednesday that Lentz was fired “after ongoing discussions. leadership issues and a breach of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures “
Globally, more than 100,000 people join the Hillsong weekly services in about 20 countries, including more than 10,000 at select locations in the United States. The church is known for its young, tattooed leaders like Lentz, who was dubbed the “hypepriests” by GQ magazine for its signature clothing and star relationships. .
Bieber spent a month living with Lentz and his family a few years ago when troubles struck him, from beating eggs in a neighbor’s house to urinating in a bucket and being filmed. Lentz, 41, happily told the story of how he baptized the pop star in the New York bathtub by former NBA veteran Tyson Chandler at midnight.
Lentz took full responsibility for his behavior that led to his breakup with Hillsong and said he is now looking to rebuild his family’s trust. Houston did not provide more details on the cause but wishes Lentz and his family well.