CELEBRITY pastor Carl Lentz’s wife, Laura, was also fired from her job as a leader within Hillsong Church due to her husband’s infidelity, The Sun can exclusively report.
Justin Bieber’s close friend, Carl, was terminated from the megachurch last week after the shocking confession he cheated on his wife-of-17-years.
Laura, 40, has been a longtime member of Hillsong and lifelong friends with founder, Brian Houston, and his family.
In 2010, Carl, 41, and his wife worked together to create the NYC branch of Hillsong – that has since become famous for its celebrities attendees.
However, despite being a “very respected and loved” leader within the church, Laura was also fired at the same time as her cheating husband, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Multiple church insiders have confirmed that Laura was also let go last week along with Carl.
One informant said: “Laura was fired at the same time as Carl.
“She, of course, seemed devastated as this was just the cherry on top of this whole ordeal for her.”
As for the church’s reasoning for the double blow, the source claimed church leaders told them: “If a married couple both work at the church and one of them is terminated, they both will be fired immediately.
“That was their reasoning for having to also get rid of Laura for Carl’s mistakes.”
The insider added that Laura’s firing is “a huge loss” for the church.
Hillsong appears to have taken swift action, as both Laura and Carl’s profiles on their websites have been completely removed.
Neither Laura or Hillsong were available for comment when contacted by The Sun.
The Australian native lived down under most of her life until she came to America to attend Hillsong College – which preps those looking to lead within the church with lessons of “life, leadership and ministry.”
She met her soon-to-be husband, Carl, at the institution where they began dating prior to both of their graduations.
Hillsong announced last Wednesday the famous Christian figure was no longer a member of the church due to “moral failures” and “breach of trust.”
In a statement posted one day later, Justin Bieber’s pal admitted he was unfaithful but assured fans he was “building back trust in his marriage.”
Earlier this week, The Sun exclusively spoke to Ranin, a 34-year-old designer from New York City who opened up about dating the married church leader for over five months before their emotional breakup just days ago.
The stunning brunette said: “I wasn’t there for just sex, we both found comfort and a deep, special connection with each other. I am very hurt because we both feel the same way about each other.
“He loves me and I love him. It was a love relationship that wasn’t planned. It wasn’t just a fling or just a sexual relationship.”
She explained that the pair met in May at Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, when he approached her to flirt and make small talk.
However, she claimed Carl lied about his true identity and told her he was an unmarried sports agent.
Their relationship took an explosive turn last week after she claimed Carl’s wife saw all of their messages – including “naughty photos” – which were connected to his work computer at the church office while several other co-workers were also present.
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