By Wednesday, Carl Lentz was best known as a fashionably dressed pastor who spent his days playing basketball with celebrities like Justin Bieber and Drake.
The Hillsong minister who worked in the New York Church baptized them Baby Singer in the Bathtub by Los Angeles Lakers player Tyson Chandler in 2014.
But on Wednesday he was fired by Hillsong leader Brian Houston, who shared the news of his “moral mistakes” in an email to Church members that quickly leaked and resulted in a public admission by Lentz that he was his Woman had cheated.
Lentz was born in Virginia, USA, and had attended a California seminary while working in a Gucci store before discovering Hillsong.
He transferred his studies to the International Leadership College of the Mega Church in Sydney and graduated in 2003.
He later became the senior pastor of the Manhattan branch of the Church in New York, which he founded with wife Laura and Brian Houston’s son Joel in 2010.
The church quickly garnered a young following of up to 8,000 attendees who could fit in the building at a time, and Lentz raised a net worth of $ 2.5 million, according to The Wealth Record.
He met Ms. Laura, an Australian, at Leadership College in 2000. She followed him to New York after graduating, and the couple married in 2003.
The couple had three children; Ava (16), Charlie (14) and Roman (11).
Since their engagement in the church, several celebrities are said to have participated in church services.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, Vanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler, Nick Jonas, Hailee Steinfeld and Bono have all been spotted attending church services.
Lentz was also reportedly present at the christening of NBA basketball player Kevin Durant, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets.
He was also filmed playing basketball with singer and producer Quavo – who starred in pop songs like Congratulations by Post Malone and No Brainer with DJ Khaled.
On Thursday, Lentz took to Instagram to admit that he “was unfaithful in his marriage,” which he believed was the most important relationship in his life.
“Laura and I and our great children have given everything to serve and build this church, and over the years I have failed to adequately protect my own spirit, replenished my own soul, and sought help immediately available ”, was the contribution.
“When you lead out of an empty place, you make decisions that have real and painful consequences.
“This mistake is mine and mine alone and I take full responsibility for my actions. I am now embarking on a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children, taking time to work on my own life, to heal it and to seek the help I need.
“I am very sorry that I broke the trust of many people whom we loved to serve.”
Hillsong was founded in Sydney in 1983 by Brian and Bobbie Houston.
The contemporary Christian church had since expanded to churches in 28 countries around the world and an average worldwide attendance of 150,000 per week.
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