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Carl Lentz

Carl Lentz, in first staff position since Hillsong, joins Transformation Church in Tulsa

By Roxanne Stone — March 28, 2023
(RNS) — ‘We gladly welcome Carl Lentz to our Transformation Church staff, helping TC with strategy as we continue to move forward in our vast vision,’ said one pastor of the predominantly Black megachurch.

Disgraced pastor Ted Haggard faces new allegations

By Yonat Shimron — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — A pastor at St. James Church said two young adult men told him Haggard touched them inappropriately on several occasions at the church.

Hillsong and the Scourge of the V-Necked Pastor

By Roxanne Stone — April 27, 2022
Katelyn and Roxy break down the Hillsong breakdown — and explore some of the systemic issues that have seemed to haunt the church from the beginning.

Josh and Leona Kimes, who accused Carl Lentz of abuse, resign from Hillsong Boston

By Roxanne Stone — April 18, 2022
(RNS) — In May of last year, Leona Kimes accused former lead pastor of Hillsong NYC, Carl Lentz, of sexually abusing her while she was working as a nanny for Lentz’s children.

Leaked Hillsong NYC report says sexual misconduct, abuse went beyond Carl Lentz

By Roxanne Stone — April 11, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — Details from the leaked report paint a picture of a church leadership rife with abuse, sexual misconduct and secrecy.

Disgraced founding pastor Brian Houston feuds online with Hillsong about his wife’s future

By Roxanne Stone — April 9, 2022
(RNS) — 'Our beautiful church is losing its soul,' Brian Houston concluded in an Instagram post Friday in response to Hillsong board's treatment of his wife and co-founding pastor, Bobbie Houston.

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston resigns after revelations of indiscretions with women

By Roxanne Stone — March 23, 2022
(RNS) — In a statement posted on its website Wednesday, the board said it had accepted Houston's resignation and acknowledged 'there will be much emotion at this news.'

Hillsong board blames anxiety drug, alcohol for landing Brian Houston in a woman’s hotel room

By Roxanne Stone and Bob Smietana — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — The board of the global megachurch released a statement revealing its cofounder had sent inappropriate text messages to a staff member and spent time in a woman's hotel room.

Facing trial, Brian Houston steps aside as global senior pastor of Hillsong

By Roxanne Stone — January 29, 2022
(RNS) — Houston is charged with concealing alleged child abuse by his father.

A pair of Hillsong docuseries planned, examining the megachurch’s culture, the fall of Carl Lentz

By Roxanne Stone — June 23, 2021
(RNS) — Both docuseries are planned in partnership with separate news organizations and based on their respective coverage of the ongoing scandals plaguing the global megachurch, with a spotlight on Hillsong NYC and its disgraced former pastor.

Exclusive: Sex abuse allegations by Carl Lentz’s former nanny put spotlight on Hillsong culture

By Roxanne Stone — May 31, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — The allegations, which Lentz denies, are the most recent chapter in a scandal that has caused turmoil in the global church.

Another Hillsong East Coast pastor resigns, this time over revealing Instagram selfies

By Roxanne Stone — April 29, 2021
NEW YORK (RNS) — The New Jersey pastor sent explicit photos on Instagram stories to his ‘close friends,’ but also included a 30-year-old woman who used to volunteer for him at the church.

Hillsong to ‘pause’ operations at Dallas campus, citing leadership failures

By Roxanne Stone — April 11, 2021
(RNS) — New revelations about the former Dallas pastors as well as pandemic woes have led the global behemoth to announce a shuttering of the Dallas location for now.

Justin Bieber’s Easter surprise EP, ‘Freedom,’ adds to his Jesus-filled chapter

By Kathryn Post — April 7, 2021
(RNS) — Justin Bieber’s latest recording is his most explicitly religious project to date.

Bieber samples King’s sermons, supports Poor People’s Campaign with new album ‘Justice’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — Some songs — like the album's first single 'Holy,' a collaboration with Chance the Rapper — toe the line of songs with lyrics that might be about loving God or might be about loving a girl.
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