Stephen Carl Lentz
November 6, 1978
|Education||North Carolina State University (1998-2000)|
Hillsong International Leadership College
Laura Lentz (m. 2003)
|Church||Hillsong Church (New York City)|
|Lead Pastor of Hillsong Church, New York City|
Carl Lentz was born on November 6, 1978, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. From 1998 to 2000, he attended North Carolina State University and was a walk-on basketball player on the school's men's basketball team. As an adult, he moved to Los Angeles to study at The King's College and Seminary. He then went on to study at Hillsong International Leadership College of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. It was during his studies, at the age of 20, that he and Joel Houston, Brian Houston's son, had the idea to plant a campus of Hillsong Church in New York City. He graduated in theology in 2003, then returned to Virginia Beach, Virginia. He then became a youth pastor after being consecrated.
In 2010, he co-founded Hillsong NYC in New York City with his wife Laura and Joel Houston. Hillsong NYC currently has about 9,000 attendees among its 6 weekly services held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan and the Welmont Theatre in Montclair, New Jersey. In 2017, Hillsong NYC expanded to campuses in Connecticut and Boston.
On October 30, 2017, while on The View, Lentz was asked if he believed abortion was a sin; he did not answer the question directly, instead saying that "The cultural, religious norm right now is that if you and I disagree, we’re done. I don’t believe that’s the case." Eight days later, Lentz released a statement via Twitter saying "I do believe abortion is sinful." In January 2019 he strongly opposed the passage of the Reproductive Health Act the State of New York, which allows abortion after 24 weeks when a fetus is unviable or the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother's health, saying it was "evil, shameful and demonic".
- Phil Haigh, metro.co.uk, Who is Carl Lentz? The Hillsong pastor who is close friends with Justin Bieber, UK, August 2, 2017
- Dana Schuster, nypost.com, Justin Bieber’s hipster pastor: ‘I’m praying for this boy to make it’, US, November 13, 2014
- Katherine T. Phan, christianpost.com, Interview: Pastor Carl Lentz on Hillsong New York City, US, February 17, 2011
- cbsnews.com, Fresh approach to faith draws thousands in NYC, US, December 25, 2014
- Taffy Brodesser-Akner, gq.com, Inside Hillsong, the Church of Choice for Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant, US, December 17, 2015
- "Handling the Word of Truth "Men who must be silenced"".
- "Carl Lentz: Justin Bieber Is "Getting Better Day By Day" – Watch "The View" Video". 2017-10-30. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
- https://relevantmagazine.com/article/carl-lentz-speaks-to-relevant-about-his-abortion-conversation-on-the-view-new/. Missing or empty
- Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz says New York's new abortion law is "demonic", Christian Today, 30 January 2019