Carl Lentz

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Carl Lentz
Stephen Carl Lentz

(1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 40)
EducationNorth Carolina State University (1998-2000)
Hillsong International Leadership College
Laura Lentz (m. 2003)
ChildrenRoman Lentz
Ava Lentz
Charlie Lentz
ChurchHillsong Church (New York City)
Offices held
Lead Pastor of Hillsong Church, New York City

Stephen Carl Lentz (born November 6, 1978) is an American Pentecostal pastor. He is the senior pastor of Hillsong Church NYC.


Carl Lentz was born on November 6, 1978,[citation needed] in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[1] 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.[2][3][4][5] As an adult, he moved to Los Angeles to study at The King's College and Seminary.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[citation needed]

Lentz baptized Justin Bieber, was present at the baptism of Kevin Durant, and has befriended various other well-known people.[9][10]

Personal Views[edit]

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."[11][12] Eight days later, Lentz released a statement via Twitter saying "I do believe abortion is sinful."[13] 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".[14]

Published works[edit]

  • Own the Moment (Simon & Schuster, 2017) ISBN 1501177001


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