Where is Carl Lentz Now? Carl Lentz’s life has gone in a different direction since he was kicked out of Hillsong church in 2020 because of bad behavior, according to rumors.
From July 12, The Secrets of Hillsong will be shown on Disney+. The four-part FX documentary is based on the undercover work of Alex French and Dan Adler of Vanity Fair. It looks at the controversial Christian megachurch Hillsong in Australia and its staff’s history of bad behavior. The rise and fall of famous Hillsong Global pastor Carl Lentz gets a lot of attention. He helped start Hillsong NYC and brought celebrities like Justin Bieber to the church. We look at where Carl Lentz is now after he was kicked out of Hillsong for stealing and other bad behavior.
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Who is Carl Lentz?
Stephen Carl Lentz was born in the United States on November 6, 1978. He used to be a preacher and became famous as a celebrity pastor and spiritual advisor to celebrities like Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Selena Gomez. He was called a “hype priest” by GQ magazine. Lentz was the lead pastor of Hillsong NYC until November 4, 2020, when Hillsong Global Pastor Brian Houston fired him because of “leadership issues and breaches of trust,” as well as recent moral failures.
Where is Carl Lentz Now?
On March 28, 2023, it was reported that Carl Lentz had been hired by Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Transformation Church is a large, nondenominational church that is mostly Black. Michael Todd, a preacher, author, and well-known YouTuber, is in charge of the group.
Tammy McQuarters, the executive pastor of operations for the church, told Religion News Service, “We are happy to have Carl Lentz join our staff. He will help TC with strategy as we continue to move forward in our big vision.” “Carl has shown that he is ready to use his God-given skills again in the local church after spending two years finding himself and getting better. We believe in Carl, his marriage, his skills, and his recovery.”
A person who knows Carl told Religion News Service that he and his family had moved to Tulsa and were going to Transformation Church. This person also said that the 44-year-old former pastor had started a consulting and coaching business and that churches were among his customers. The source said that Tulsa was the right place for Carl’s family to “continue to heal and move on.”
Why Did Carl Lentz Fire From Hillsong Megachurch?
There were a lot of arguments about the Hillson megachurch, which was a place where many famous people, like Justin Beiber, went to pray. When word got out that Carl Lentz was having an affair with a woman named Ranin Karim, he was fired from the church. The church said that he was fired because of “moral failures” and “breaches of trust.” Lentz said this about the incident:
“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions…I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need. I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process. I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that. But that opportunity I will not have.”
When Leona Kimes, Lentz’s former nanny, accused him of sexual and mental abuse in 2021, it hurt the pastor’s image even more. He said that this wasn’t true. This didn’t stop him from getting a job at Transformation megachurch, which was happy to hire the man who had been called a “hype-priest.”
What is Carl Lentz Doing Now?
Carl Lentz was fired from Hillsong for “leadership issues and breaches of trust, as well as recent revelations of moral failures.” These included affairs with designer Ranin Karim and his child’s nanny, Leona.
The video shows that Lentz and Laura were both in their early 20s when they got married on May 5, 2003. Lentz thought that getting married would solve a lot of his problems. He was surprised to find out that it didn’t. He was still living with the effects of being sexually abused as a child by a family friend. He says that this changed the way he thought about relationships and sex, and it was the start of a habit of being secretive about those things.
In October 2020, it was revealed that Lentz was having an affair with artist Ranin Karim. He told the church Elders that he had an affair with the family’s nanny, Leona Kimes, while answering their questions about this. But in an essay posted on Medium, Kimes says there was no connection and that Lentz attacked and preyed on her. This has never been proven.
Carl Lentz, a celebrity pastor and spiritual advisor to celebrities like Justin Bieber, was fired from Hillsong church in 2020 for “leadership issues and breaches of trust.” He was fired due to his affair with designer Ranin Karim and his child’s nanny, Leona. Lentz has since been hired by Transformation Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a large, nondenominational church. Transformation Church is a large, nondenominational church that is mostly Black. Lentz has shown promise in his recovery and is now working on rebuilding trust with his wife Laura and children.
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