Hillsong Church East Coast announced to its congregation Wednesday that it had terminated the employment of Pastor Carl Lentz, lead pastor for Hillsong NYC.
Lentz, who lives in Montclair, was terminated as a result of “moral failures,” according to a statement from Hillsong.
“It would not be appropriate for us to go into detail about the events that led to this decision. Our focus at this time is to honor God and pastorally care for our East Coast church community as well as the Lentz family,” said senior Pastor Brian Houston.
While Lentz was living first in Glen Ridge and later in Upper Montclair, Justin Bieber sightings became a frequent occurrence as Bieber came to visit and stay with the pastor. One of Bieber’s Montclair moments was in front of Starbucks downtown, where he cheered on local performer Ava Otterbein.
Hillsong Church held services at the Wellmont prior to the pandemic.