Pastor Carl Lentz Confesses to Cheating on Wife After Hillsong Church Fires Him

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An evangelical Christian pastor known for being a spiritual mentor to the stars has been fired from his job leading a popular New York City church.

Pastor Carl Lentz was terminated from Hillsong Church East Coast, based in New York City, Hillsong’s global senior pastor, Brian Houston, announced in a statement Wednesday.

The 41-year-old preacher was fired following “ongoing discussions” about “leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures,” Houston said.

In an Instagram post Thursday, Lentz admitted that he had been “unfaithful in [his] 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,” he wrote. “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.”

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