Former Hilsong pastor Karl Lenz has been spotted for the first time since completing a 30-day stay at a rehab center where he spends Christmas and New Year, cozy with his wife while carrying out errands in California.
The ousted 42-year-old mega-church leader, who is known to be a close friend of celebrities like Justin Bieber, looked a little worse for worn-out hair as he headed to Target in Redondo Beach with his Australian wife, Laura. order early morning run on sunday.
Laura, whom he married in 2003 and with whom he shares three children, was seen wearing her wedding ribbon on her finger and her arm around Carl for the date.
The couple has been on the united front since Carl, who has worked with Hilsong for 1
Former Hilsong pastor Karl Lenz was spotted for the first time after completing a 30-day stay at a rehab center where he spent Christmas and New Year, cozy with his wife while carrying out errands in California on Sunday.
The ousted 42-year-old mega-church leader, who is known to be a close friend of celebrities like Justin Bieber, looked a little worse for worn-out hair as he headed to Target in Redondo Beach with his Australian wife, Laura. order early morning run on sunday
Putting a united front: Laura, with whom Carl shares three children, was seen with her wedding ribbon on her finger and her arm around Carl for a picnic
Continue: After Carl was fired, the family left New York and moved to California
In early December, Carl entered a mental health treatment program after being fired from an outpatient facility specializing in “depression, anxiety and pastoral burnout,” according to People magazine.
“He wants to be better for his family and is committed to doing the job,” a source told the magazine at the time. “His family supports him and hopes this trip will respect their privacy.”
They added: “He has no bad will towards the church and realizes that they had to take some action to deal with his wrong steps.”
During his 10 years with Hilsong, Lenz adopted a modern style of dress and encouraged friendships with young celebrities to help improve the church’s image, although he publicly said that homosexuality and abortion were sins.
But a statement from Hillsong founder Brian Houston on November 4 said he had been removed from office due to “ongoing discussions on leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”
“They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and recovery, God will use Charles in a different way outside of Hillsong Church,” the statement continued. “By terminating his term, we in no way want to diminish the good work he has done here.”
All eyes are on her: Although Carl never said who he was in a relationship with, 34-year-old New York designer Ranin Karim went public after the scandal erupted, claiming she had ended their long-running secret relationship early on. November
Despite the infidelity, Lenz’s wife Laura seems to stick with him and his family supports him.
In early December, Carl entered a mental health treatment program after being fired from an outpatient facility specializing in “depression, anxiety and pastoral burnout.” “He wants to be better for his family and is committed to the job,” a source said. “His family supports him and hopes that this trip will respect their privacy.”
Hillsong founder Brian Houston announced on November 4 that Carl had been removed from office due to “ongoing discussions on leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.” It is unclear what Carl will do next after his high-ranking shooting
Carl had worked for Hilsong for 10 years before being asked. Laura had grown up in the church and was also fired there
Before Rehabilitation: Carl imagines taking a break from fitness clothes after moving to his Manhattan Beach mansion in November
Lenz was pastor of the Hillsong branch in New York, although he seems to spend a lot of time on the West Coast.
The scandal seems to have affected his relationship with Bieber and his wife Haley, as they both do not follow him on Instagram after spending a long time with him.
Last year, Lenz christened Bieber and even chaired his wedding.
In December, DailyMail.com exclusively reported an audio from Houston addressing church leaders and top donors, in which he claimed that Lenz had “more than one affair” leading to his dismissal.
He called them “significant” and added that some “bad moral behavior has returned to history”, although he did not refer to these recent scandals, which apparently agreed.
Lenz’s Instagram post, where he admitted to cheating on his 17-year-old wife Laura
Starring: Lenz adopted a modern style of dress and surrounded himself with celebrities like Justin Bieber, although he publicly called homosexuality and abortion a sin; seen in 2017
Many women: Lenz was a pastor at the Hillsong branch in New York for 10 years before being fired. In private records, the Hillsong founder said he had filed numerous lawsuits
Shortly after the scandal broke out, New York-based designer Ranin Karim claimed to have been in a relationship with him for a month.
The Egyptian and Palestinian designer says the relationship began after a chance meeting in Domino Park in New York. Karim said the couple began their “love story” against the backdrop of Covid-19 and found solace in each other at a strange time.
The 34-year-old claims that Lenz will “brag about BMW” and talk about his friendship with pop star Justin Bieber.
Lenz had baptized Bieber at church and also faced other celebrities such as Drake, Vanessa Hudgens and various NBA stars.
According to her, Lenz only once gave his first name and claimed to be a sports agent.
When Karim learned that Lenz was married, she claimed she had told him to stop their return.
“When I found out he was married, I told him many times, ‘go back to your wife, go back to your family,’ but he kept showing up in the lobby of my Clase Azul tequila bottle to drink,” she said.
“He said he felt bad about what he was doing to his wife, that she was an amazing, good woman, that he had never done it, but his marriage was not perfect.”
Karim believes that Lenz was looking for a way out of his “boring” marriage.
Lentz’s wife, Laura, revealed the affair because Lentz had synced his iPhone messages with iCloud. She found messages from Karim next to him on his work computer while he was in Hilsong’s offices, surrounded by colleagues.
Despite the alleged affair, Lenz’s wife Laura seems to be sticking with him and his family reportedly supports him.