Carl Lentz may no longer have a job, but at least he has a nest egg to fall back on after selling his family’s home for $1.5 million just days before getting fired by Hillsong Church.
A Halstead sales associate confirmed to the that the disgraced pastor sold the Montclair, New Jersey “contemporary chic” house where he lived with his wife and three children on October 23, eleven days before he was let go over “a recent revelation of moral failures.” Lentz purchased the 11,800-square-foot property in 2017 for $1.2 million, making for a $300,000 profit on the mid-century modern home that features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fireplace, and a two-car garage.
The disgraced religious leader revealed last week that he had been let go from his post at the celebrity megachurch because “I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that.” This revelation prompted one in turn from a Palestinian fashion designer named Ranin who claims she had a 5-month-long affair with the pastor after he introduced himself to her as a sports agent in Brooklyn’s Domino Park.
Following his firing, Hillsong decided to put the NYC branch Lentz oversaw under investigation. The church’s co-founder and lead pastor Brian Houston on Thursday, “We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning. The best is yet to come.” In a subsequent statement to Vanity Fair, Hillsong clarified that decision, explaining, “Since last week’s announcement of a leadership change at Hillsong East Coast, we have heard from a number of people about their experiences and concerns. It is important that we establish the truth and then do everything we can to ensure our church is both a safe place and one that seeks to glorify God in all that we say and do.”
The statement continues, “For this reason we have decided to appoint a New York based legal firm that is not associated or affiliated with Hillsong to conduct an in-depth review and investigation into all concerns and any wider cultural issues. We are taking this extremely seriously and on the basis of this report, we will be better positioned to take whatever actions are deemed necessary to right the wrongs and see Hillsong East Coast move forward in a way that enables many more people to find hope in Jesus.”
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