Ex-Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Enters Treatment for 'Depression, and Pastoral Burnout'

Ex-Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Enters Treatment for 'Depression, and Pastoral Burnout'


Carl Lentz is headed to treatment.

A source close to the former Hillsong pastor tells that Lentz will be seeking "treatment at an outpatient facility that specializes in depression, anxiety, and pastoral burnout," following his recent infidelity.

Carl Lentz is seeking treatment after he was fired from Hillsong Church for "moral failures."

Multiple media outlets have reported that Lentz is getting help at an outpatient facility that focuses on treating depression, anxiety and "pastoral burnout." Both People and Page Six cited sources in reporting on this development. 

News has reached out to Lentz's representative for comment and has not yet heard back. 

Hillsong Church Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston released a statement on Nov. 4 to announce that Lentz had been let go from the church. Houston listed "a recent revelation of moral failures" as among the reasons for the dismissal.


Lentz, 42, was ousted from Hillsong last month after 10 years, and later admitted to being unfaithful to his wife, Laura, whom he married in 2003 and with whom he shares three children.

"He wants to be better for his family and is dedicated to doing the work," the source says of Lentz. "His family is supporting him and hopes their privacy will be respected on this journey."

Lentz, 41, posted a statement on Nov. 5 to admit that he had been unfaithful to wife Laura Lentz.

"When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences," he wrote. "I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions."

"He has no ill will towards the church and recognizes that they needed to take some course of action to address his missteps," the source adds.

Lentz termination from Hillsong was confirmed in a statement on 4 November by founder Brian Houston, who cited ongoing discussions regarding leadership issues and breach of trust, as well as a recent revelation of moral failures.

"They have a heart for people and we are confident that after a time of rest and restoration, God will use Carl in another way outside of Hillsong church," the statement read. "In terminating his tenure, we in no way want to diminish the good work he did here."

Since 2010, according to Lentz Religion News Service, the church's first U.S. with Joel Houston After launching the location there was a pastor at the New York location in Hillsong, the first to report the news of the firing.

He first attended the training program at Hillsong College, Church, where he met Laura.

As his profile rose over the years, so, too did his celebrity following; a 2015 GQ profile listed Justin Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Kevin Durant and Bono as fans.

The day after Lentz's firing was confirmed, the dad of three admitted in an Instagram post that he’d been unfaithful to Laura, but vowed to "seek out the help that I need" in order to rebuild trust with his wife of 17 years and their children, Ava, Roman and Charlie.

"This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions," he wrote in the post. "I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life."

Though Lentz has not identified the person with whom he had an affair, a 34-year-old woman named Ranin Karim came forward two weeks later to allege that she and Lentz had a months-long relationship that ended in October.

He pointed out that he was not only sorry to his wife and their three kids, Charlie, Ava and Roman, but also to his congregation. 

"I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process," he continued. "So to those people, I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again."

Lentz was the lead pastor for the New York branch, having helped to launch it in 2010. Justin Bieber is among the celebrities who worked with Lentz at the church.

Additionally, the church later announced in a statement that upon hearing from several people following Lentz’s firing, it would launch an "in-depth review and investigation to all concerns and any wider cultural issues."

Despite the scandal, Lentz and his wife have remained a united front, with a source previously telling PEOPLE that the couple was "working very hard" to make their marriage work, and she "has stood by his side" amid the turmoil.