Celebrity pastor Carl Lentz’s wife has also been fired from Hillsong Church over her husband’s affair as it’s revealed his cheating was discovered when she and their church colleagues saw messages from iCloud on his computer.
Lentz, who brought Hillsong from Australia to the US and famously baptized Justin Bieber, was fired last Wednesday from the global megachurch and confessed on social media the following day that he had cheated on his wife of 17 years.
But wife Laura, 40, was dealt a second blow when she was also let go from her role as a leader at the church because of her husband’s fling, multiple sources told The Sun.
New details have also emerged about how the alleged five-month affair between the pastor to the stars, 42, and New York City designer Ranin, 34, first came to light.
Ranin, who said she met Lentz at a park in Brooklyn, told the New York Post that Laura and other church members saw the texts between her and Lentz on his computer.
‘All his messages are linked from the iCloud,’ she said. ‘He’s not really a good cheater.’
Celebrity pastor Carl Lentz’s wife has also been fired from Hillsong Church over her husband’s affair as it’s revealed his cheating was discovered when she and their church colleagues saw messages from the cloud on his computer (Lentz and Laura pictured together)
Carl Lentz and his family, Ava Lentz, 16, Charlie Lentz, 14, Laura Lentz, 42 and Roman Lentz. Laura, his wife of 17 years, was dealt another blow last week when she was let go from her role as a leader at the church because of Lentz’s fling, multiple sources told The Sun
Multiple Hillsong insiders told The Sun that Laura, who like her husband was close friends with the church’s founder Brian Houston, was also fired at the same time as her husband.
Church leaders reportedly dismissed Laura immediately on learning about Lentz’s affair because ‘if a married couple both work at the church and one of them is terminated, they both will be fired immediately,’ a source said.
‘That was their reasoning for having to also get rid of Laura for Carl’s mistakes.’
The source added that Laura was ‘devastated’ by the news which was ‘just the cherry on top of this whole ordeal for her.’
Both Laura and Lentz’s profiles have already been taken down from Hillsong’s website.
News of Laura’s firing comes as Lentz’s alleged mistress has revealed new intimate details about the five-month alleged affair that cost the couple their roles at the church.
Ranin told the Post she and the pastor would drink tequila, talk and argue for hours as he visited her at her home, at first every other week before soon becoming as often as twice a week.
She said the first time he came to her house – the weekend after they met in Domino Park, Williamsburg, in May – Lentz had been ‘awkward’ and acted ‘like he was a virgin’.
New details have also emerged about how the five-month affair between the pastor to the stars, 42, and New York City designer Ranin, 34, (pictured) first came to light.
Ranin, (left) who said she met Lentz at a park in Brooklyn, told the New York Post Laura and other church members saw the texts between her and pastor on his computer. ‘All his messages are linked from the iCloud,’ she said. ‘He’s not really a good cheater’
‘We were sitting and he asked if he could put his hand on my thigh,’ she told the Post.
‘It was awkward, he didn’t know how to act at first. He was timid, acting like he was a virgin.’
He nicknamed her his ‘Middle Eastern unicorn woman’ and told her she reminded him of the Kardashians – who are friends of his, she said.
Ranin told the Post they grew ‘obsessed’ with each other and often tried to break off their relationship but would end up back together.
He would often talk about his ‘amazing’ wife and feeling guilty but ‘he never knew how to say bye,’ she claimed.
‘He kept saying that we didn’t plan this, that this is life and we fell into it,’ she said.
Ranin added: ‘He was like a drug to me. I was a drug to him.’
However she also described him as ‘a professional narcissist’ who ‘lies too much’, hitting out that ‘people like him shouldn’t preach’.
‘It seems like it’s a cult,’ she added of Hillsong.
Lentz, who is close friends with Justin Bieber (pictured in 2017) and even baptized the popstar in 2014, made his confession one day after he was sensationally sacked by Hillsong’s founder
Ranin also claimed Lentz didn’t break off contact with her even after their affair was exposed to his wife and he lost his role at Hillsong.
According to the 34-year-old, his last message to her was on Thursday after his social media confession.
‘My life is over. I usually am the one who is helping couples who are cheating, and now I’m in their shoes,’ Ranin said he messaged her.
Ranin said she now believes Lentz turned to her because he needed something ‘that would excite him’ during lockdown.
‘He hadn’t been doing anything for so many months, he hadn’t been onstage, what else was going on in his life? He needed to do something that would excite him,’ she told the Post.
Lentz first began working with Hillsong in Australia after relocating there from Los Angeles, where he spent time studying at The King’s College and Seminary.
He and Laura met as students at the training college and worked their way up through the ranks, moving to New York City in 2010 to set up the Big Apple branch and largely being credited for drawing in its famous worshippers.
Lentz and Laura (pictured together) met as students at Hillsong’s training college and worked their way up through the ranks
Pictured on their wedding day. The couple moved to New York City in 2010 to set up the Big Apple branch and largely being credited for drawing in its famous worshippers
Lentz preached to the likes of Bieber, Selena Gomez, Hailey Bieber, and several NBA stars including Carmelo Anthony, David Lee, Kevin Durant, and Jeremy Lin.
It was his close relationship with Bieber, now 26, that gained him the most notoriety, particularly after it was revealed that the popstar had been baptized by the pastor in 2014, and even moved in with Lentz and Laura for six weeks in the same year.
But Hillsong founder Houston revealed in a message to the church’s East Coast congregants last Wednesday Lentz had been ousted from the church ‘following ongoing discussions in relationship to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures’.
The following day Lentz confessed he had cheated on his wife of 17 years and mother of his three children.
‘When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real consequences,’ he wrote.
‘I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that.’
Lentz hinted that he and his wife will attempt to work through his infidelity, writing that he is focusing on ‘rebuilding trust’ with her and their children.
Just two days after Lentz was fired from Hillsong, his teen daughter, Ava, supported her father with a heartfelt birthday message.
The 16-year-old penned a message of support on Instagram on Friday, saying: ‘Happy birthday Dad. I love you. Best friend, strongest man, drippiest, music is fire, skinny jean legend, you’ve taught me everything I know!! Our family 4L we love you.’
Laura is yet to issue a public statement. She last uploaded a post to her Instagram on October 28, sharing an image of a ‘rhythms for life’ planner and journal, alongside which she commented: ‘2020 has been quite the year.’
What is Hillsong?
Hillsong, which describes itself as a ‘contemporary Christian church’, is a global mega-church that was first founded by Pastor Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie in Australia in 1983. It was originally known as the Hills Christian Life Centre.
The church was originally part of the Australian Christian Churches group, however it left the organization in 2018 in order to become an autonomous denomination.
At the time, Houston cited a desire to branch out internationally and become more contemporary as being behind the decision.
The mega-church now boasts locations in 21 countries around the world, including the US, UK, Indonesia, and Israel. It has 28 locations across Australia in places like New South Wales, Queensland, and Tasmania.
According to Hillsong’s website, the church boasts an ‘average global attendance’ of 150,000 every week – however this number has likely been altered, and perhaps increased, as a result of the church moving its services online amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to Hillsong Church, founder Houston has also launched several sister companies, including three record labels, a film and TV network, and an international training college, Hillsong International Leadership College, which is located in Sydney.