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May 16, 2023

US celebrity pastor, Carl Lentz confesses to having s3x with nanny

Ex-Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz

By Biodun Busari 

A former celebrity pastor of the Hillsong Church in New York City, Carl Lentz has admitted to cheating on his wife by sleeping with their family nanny.

Lentz has been described as a “rockstar pastor” known for his close relationship with popular Canadian singer, Justin Bieber and grew Hillsong’s name through celebrity clientele alone, New York Post reported.

In a new FX docuseries, Lentz disclosed that the highs and lows that came with leading a successful congregation for nearly 10 years after Hillsong Church expanded from its initial Australian roots into the United States via New York.

Justin Bieber was once a close friend, while Selena Gomez, U2 singer Bono and Kourtney Kardashian have each been spotted at a Hillsong location at one point. 

Ten years into Lentz’s leadership, he shared an Instagram post in November 2020 to admit that his family was leaving the church after he had been “unfaithful” in his marriage with his wife, Laura.

During the trailer for “The Secrets of Hillsong,” to be released on Friday, Lentz relayed the message, “You do not want to be in this chair. I cannot stress it enough.”

“I had some major lies,” he said.

New York Post said Lentz’s representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

In his 2020 social media post, Lentz wrote that he, his wife and three children were leaving the church after he failed to “do an adequate job of protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available. When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences.”

In the trailer, Lentz’s wife, Laura, remembered when her husband revealed the truth about his extramarital affair.

“He said, ‘I have been unfaithful,’” she said as pictures from their wedding day flashed before the screen.

The pastor was accused of having an affair with a woman named Ranin Karim.

Aside from Karim, Lentz was also reportedly asked about a relationship with their family nanny, Leona Kimes.

“He hadn’t told me this part yet,” Laura said in a preview of the docuseries via People magazine. 

“I’d sometimes get these little feelings. And then one night I found them in a compromising position. I was angry and I definitely freaked out,” she said.

Laura remembered they “never talked” about the situation again, but Lentz was sacked one month later. 

Another report said Lentz revealed in the upcoming episode that he “thought about vacating the planet” amid the scandal and the fallout from the famous church.

He also revealed allegations of sexual abuse as a child by a family friend.

While he admitted to cheating on his wife with the nanny, he added that he did not engage in any assault.

He said, “I am responsible for allowing an inappropriate relationship to develop in my house with someone that worked for us (but) any notion of abuse is categorically false.”

He noted, “There were mutual adult decisions made by two people who lied profusely, mainly to my wife. It’s an issue because I was a boss, this person was an employee. 

“I’m responsible for that power dynamic and the management of it and the wisdom that goes with it, and I failed absolutely miserably.”

Almost two years after posting about the infidelity, Lentz broke his social media silence and shared that his family is “at peace and thanks to the grace of God we are together.”