Lentz is best known as the leader of the Manhattan branch of the Hillsong church network.
He was born on November 6, 1978, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.
Carl was raised in a Christian household, however, he struggled to connect with religion in general as well as to the local church concept.
From 1998 to 2000, Lentz attended North Carolina State University. After, he moved to LA to study at The King’s College and Seminary.
During college, Carl discovered his calling for religion and enrolled in the Hillsong College in Australia. He once said:
”I made the fearful decision to head to Sydney, Australia, to study the Bible.”
Hillsong Church NYC
In 2010, Carl co-founded Hillsong New York City with his wife Laura and Joel Houston.
According to the church’s website, Hillsong Church believes in:
“one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.”
From the beginning, the church was known by its focus on Christian pop music as a method of attracting a younger audience. Also, Hillsong is rooted in an Australian church called the Sydney Christian Life Centre.
Currently, the church has over 250,000 members across Australia and around 1,100 churches.
Hillsong NYC has around 9,000 attendees among its 6 weekly services. Currently, Hillsong Church NYC expanded in New Jersey., Connecticut, and Manhattan.
In 2010, Pastor Lentz got a phone call from Judah Smith, the lead pastor of the City Church in Seattle, Washington. Judah said – “I need you to help me with a young man” (the young man was Bieber). Pastor Lentz agreed.
In 2014, Justin was baptized in a Tyson Chandler’s bathtub by Pastor Carl.
Since then, the singer has been both a vocal Hillsong supporter and a vocal Christian. Bieber even appeared at Hillsong conferences and events.
During an appearance on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday,” Carl spoke about his friendship with Justin Bieber. In addition, he confirmed that he met Justin after Pastor Smith contacted him. He said:
”Through Judah, I was able to become a friend of Justin.”
According to recent reports, Justin’s relationship with Pastor Carl has been intense. Furthermore, Lentz has increasingly influenced Bieber in making important life decisions.
In July 2017, Justin Beiber canceled the rest of his Purpose World Tour. It was reported that his relationship with Pastor Lentz may have influenced his decision to cancel the rest of his tour. However, Carl said that he recommended the opposite.
Justin Bieber released the following statement on his Facebook account:
”Due to unforeseen circumstances, Justin Bieber will cancel the remainder of the Purpose World Tour concerts.”
In 2016, Carl was invited to Oprah’s show. During their talk, Lentz said that:
”Jesus is the ‘Only Hope For Salvation’.”
The pastor also said that:
“Without Jesus, you can have everything but have nothing. That’s why I’ve given my life for Jesus and for souls.”
He runs a podcast called – ”The Praise.”
In 2015, he released the book “The One: Experience Jesus.”
On October 30, 2018, he released another book, named – ”Own The Moment.” In the book, he gives details about how he went from being an average teenager to leading Hillsong Church NYC.
Carl Lentz is married to Laura. The two met while studying at Hillsong College. Lentz once said that his wife is the second greatest Aussie import of all time, only topped by Tim-Tam cookies.
According to his bio on Hillsong Church Watch, they:
”are passionate about delivering the gospel in a method that makes sense to a generation that is desperately seeking a cause that is greater than themselves.”
The couple has two sons named Charlie and Roman, and a daughter named Ava.
”You know you’re hearing from God when you don’t walk away with facts but you walk away with faith.”
“The term evangelical has been, in my mind, almost hijacked. I’m hesitant to use it, and it’s a shame because evangelical, in its purest sense, is a group of people who believe Jesus is Lord, Jesus is God.”
”A lot of people think of Christians as out of touch. But I say the gospel shouldn’t make you weird.”
”Who you are is not defined by what you do, but it is defined according to who Jesus is to you.”
”God actually begins to use the areas that can seem overwhelming and under-equipped, to bring hope to others.”
”When our souls are healthy, we change the environment; the environment doesn’t change us.”
Lentz has been featured on Nightly Show with Neil deGrasse Tyson, an American author and astrophysicist, who hosted the documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey in 2014.
As an interesting fact, Tyson played a major role in dismissing Pluto’s classification as a planet.
Before he got his calling, Pastor Carl was a shooter at North Carolina State University. He still has many NBA friends, including:
- Kyrie Irving;
- Tyson Chandler;
- Kevin Durant.
Lentz has other famous friends, including:
- Russell Wilson;
- Scooter Braun;
- Lil Wayne.
Another famous American pastor is Gino Jennings.
Carl Lentz – Net Worth
Lentz earned most of his wealth from leading Hillsong Church NYC. In addition, Carl earns some money from selling his books. He also has a podcast and a popular Instagram account. Therefore, Carl Lentz has an estimated net worth of $2.7 million.
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References https://www.christianpost.com/news/carl-lentz-gushes-over-solid-faithful-friendships-with-justin-bieber https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/entertainment/2017/november/i-got-to-talk-about-jesus-carl-lentz-tells-studio-5 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kdawd/pastor-carl-lentz-talks-about-turning-justin-bieber-into