Justin Bieber and Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz hangout during break from Purpose World Tour

Hillsong NYC church Pastor Carl Lentz is pictured with Justin Bieber
Hillsong NYC church Pastor Carl Lentz (left) is pictured with Justin Bieber in a photo shared by Pastor Judah Smith on Instagram.(Photo: Instagram/Judah Smith)

Justin Bieber was spotted Monday in New York bonding with his favorite pastor Carl Lentz while on break from his Purpose World Tour. The two were joined by the minister’s wife, Laura, for lunch at the exclusive members-only SoHo House hotel. They then went out for an afternoon of shopping.

The trio appeared completely relaxed in their casual clothes. Bieber wore an all-black attire, consisting of a shirt, hoodie, and athletic shorts matched with dark-rimmed glasses and white rubber shoes. Lentz was also in black from his hoodie that was over an undershirt, to the dark leggings paired with camouflage shorts.

Friends for 10 Years – Talk All the Time

The two were introduced 10 years ago by pastor Judah Smith which marked the start of a long friendship. Bieber began attending church at Hillsong, New York where Lentz preaches. The church’s club vibe and 11-piece rock band had been attracting athletes, actors and other celebrities.

Bieber had found a kinship with the 49-year-old “hipster pastor” whose body ink and leather jacket make him look more like a rock star or a cool guy at the record store than the head of a Pentecostal church. In 2015, Lentz baptized the singer, who said “I want to know Jesus” after being immersed in water. Lentz once described his relationship with Bieber as “regular friends who talk all the time.”  Continue reading…christianitytoday.com

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