Hillsong founder launches ‘investigation’ into church after Justin Bieber’s shamed pastor Carl Lentz cheated on his wife – The Sun

HILLSONG founder Brian Houston is launching an investigation into the church after Carl Lentz's cheating scandal.

Brian, 66, said the organization needs a "fresh start" after Justin Bieber's pastor was exposed for being unfaithful to Laura, his wife of 17 years.

Brian – who founded Hillsong with his wife Bobbie in Sydney in 1983 – said he will be taking a look at the "inner workings" of the church's East Coast branch.

He tweeted on Thursday: "We are launching an independent investigation into the inner workings of Hillsong NYC/ East Coast.

"We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning."

The senior pastor added: "The best is yet to come."



Carl was one of the lead pastors at Hillsong NYC before being fired for a "revelation of moral failures" and "breach of trust".

Brian said the church was “very sad” to let go of the 36-year-old.

He stated: “I know this will come as a shock to you, but please know that this action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl.

“This action has been taken following ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures."


In a statement posted one day later, Justin Bieber’s pal admitted he was unfaithful but assured fans he was “building back trust in his marriage.”

Justin and his wife, Hailey Baldwin, have cut all ties with Carl since news of his infidelity broke – after being friends with him for years.

Both of the stars have unfollowed the celeb favorite on Instagram.


Earlier this week, The Sun exclusively spoke to Ranin, a 34-year-old designer from New York City who opened up about dating the married church leader for over five months before their emotional breakup just days ago.

She explained that the pair met in May at Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, when he approached her to flirt and make small talk.

However, she claimed Carl lied about his true identity and told her he was an unmarried sports agent.

Their relationship took an explosive turn after she claimed Carl’s wife saw all of their messages – including "naughty photos" – which were connected to his work computer at the church office while several other co-workers were also present.

Carl's wife Laura is a Lead Pastor at Hillsong East Coast Church.

The couple met at Hillsong College, a school affiliated with the international organisation, and they have three children, Ava, Charlie and Roman.

Hillsong has a large following from the "young Hollywood" crowd including the likes of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, as well as their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

Justin Bieber is officially a member of Hillsong NYC but has also been seen attending services across the States and overseas.

Hillsong Church has faced a string of controversies as it's grown in size.

In 1999, Brian Houston’s father Frank — also a pastor — confessed to him that he had sexually abused a seven-year-old boy in Australia 30 years earlier.

Brian did not report the abuse to the police. He suspended his dad, who was given a retirement package.

Eight more allegations of sex abuse were ­levelled at Frank Houston before he died of a stroke in 2004. None were reported to the police.

Hillsong has also had to face "cult" allegations from former members, who have also claimed it is fueled by financial greed.

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