Former Mentor to Justin Bieber Carl Lenz Fired from Hillsong Church Over 'Moral Failures'

Thursday November 5, 2020

Pastor Carl Lentz with Oprah
Pastor Carl Lentz with Oprah  (Source:Instagram / @carllentz)

Pastor Carl Lenz, who made headlines for being a mentor to Justin Bieber and friends with a number of other celebs, has been reportedly fired from the Hillsong Church due to his past "moral failures," reports People magazine.

"Today Hillsong Church East Coast advised our congregation that we have terminated the employment of Pastor Carl Lentz," the megachurch's founder Brian Houston said in a statement. "This action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl."

He went on to say that Lentz's termination came after "ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures," adding that it would "not be appropriate" to go into further detail about what sparked his firing.

"While I have no doubt that this is the right course of action, I must mention Bobbie's and my personal sadness, as we have known Laura her entire life and Carl for well over 20 years," Houston went on to say. "We thank Pastors Carl and Laura for the way they have served faithfully and sacrificially since the start of Hillsong NYC and for contributing so significantly to the countless lives that have been transformed for Jesus Christ through this ministry.

"They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church. In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here," he added.

Lentz helped launch a Hillsong location in New York where he worked for the last 10 years, according to Religion News Service, which first reported Lentz's firing.

Lentz made headlines in 2017 for his relationship with Bieber and the pastor eventually was profiled in GQ magazine. But in 2018, Bieber and Lentz had a falling out, reports TMZ.

Entertainment Weekly points out Lentz was promoting Hillsong East Coast's online sermons on his Instagram in September but he hasn't posted much on social media since.

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