On November 4, 2020, Hillsong Church had to fire the senior pastor of their New York campus Carl Lentz. The reason for Lentz's removal was cited as "leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures. Later, Lentz acknowledged that he had engaged in an adulterous affair. A few months later, Leona Kimes, who worked as a nanny for the Carl and Laura Lentz, accused Carl of "manipulation, control, bullying, abuse of power, and sexual abuse" toward her.
Both Carl and his wife Laura have kept a low profile after the scandals. Recently, Carl has taken on social media to give an update of where he is. "It's been a challenging road but we are alive, we are at peace and thanks to the grace of God we are TOGETHER. Not sure what the future holds for us, but we do know that we face it as a family and for that I am so thankful. My deepest thanks to our friends and family that have shown us such unconditional love and grace when we have desperately needed it. Forever grateful.. we are hopeful about what is ahead!"
Similarly, Laura has also broken the silence. She writes, "Yep, it has been challenging and hell yeah it's taken a LOT of work the past 22 months (but who's counting) to make our marriage what it has become, & we will never stop working on ourselves, for this marriage and for our kids! I know there are many that don't or would never do what I chose to do, and that's ok, it's not for everyone!!
"I look forward to sharing our story, how I came to that conclusion and I think it's going to help a lot of people.. But I am so proud of my husband & for the responsibility he's taken! Mostly I'm grateful for a man who humbled himself & didn't try to defend himself, he has kept quiet publically and he has remained focused on the one thing that matters most-our family!"