Carl Lentz, a celebrity preacher and spiritual advisors to celebrities like Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and Selena Gomez, was dubbed a “hype-priest” by GQ.
Until his dismissal on November 4, 2020, he was the senior pastor of Hillsong New York City. His dismissal was due to “leadership concerns and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral shortcomings.”
On May 31, 2021, Lentz was accused of bullying, misuse of power, and sexual abuse by the nanny who had previously cared for his children.
Where Is Carl Lentz Doing Right Now?
Carl led thousands of people to Christ after joining Hillsong in 2010 and becoming the New York branch’s pastor. Among his disciples were celebrities like Justin Bieber and Vanessa Hudgens. Carl was fired for “leadership issues and breaches of trust” and “moral failures” that the church refused to discuss a decade after he brought the church widespread attention.
Churchgoers spilled the beans and said Carl had several extramarital affairs. Ranin Karim, one of his mistresses, and their five-month affair were widely discussed at Hillsong: An Exposé of a Huge Church.
In addition, Carl’s former nanny, Leona Kimes, wrote an essay on Medium in May 2021 detailing the bullying and sexual abuse she endured at the hands of Carl’s employer. It was later that month that Religion News Service confirmed with Leona that her statement was indeed directed at Carl.
Carl has reportedly relocated to Florida, per the New York Post. Photos of the disgraced pastor at an airport in March 2022 surfaced despite his current low profile. He is seen sporting unkempt, long, curly hair.
Carl’s new house was also photographed and revealed to be a significant downgrade from his opulent Los Angeles residence.
Where is Carl Lentz’s wife, Laura, now?
Carl’s wife Laura stood by him despite his infidelity and subsequent dismissal from Hillsong. Despite this, she openly discusses the toll on her mental health from the scandals and allegations that surround her husband.
“don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy; every day, I feel the trauma, the thoughts, and the memories. And geez, am I grateful for my therapists!” Laura continued. “I know as I continue on my journey of healing, learning to put myself first, focus on my family, and grow in my marriage, I can use my story so far to help someone else!”
The Australian native is currently pursuing a profession in the field of interior design. Her company, Laura Jayne Designs, was officially unveiled in December 2021. The 43-year-old currently provides services for both homes and businesses, and she also writes a blog where she shares fashion advice.