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Two Boston Hillsong co-pastors step down amidst the investigation of Carl Lentz

by Alex Collett

Two co-pastors from Hillsong in Boston, have stepped down following the investigation of New York former Pastor Carl Lentz. 

"In an Instagram post, Josh and Leona Kimes said it has been a "difficult decision" for them to make. 

In his resignation announcement, Josh Kimes said that he and his wife were "ready for a fresh start." 

"It was never our plan to ever leave Hillsong Church. 

"It's been home for 22yrs of my life. It's where I've pastored for the last 16yrs."

"Hillsong will always hold a special place in our hearts, even with the immense pain we've endured while building church here in the USA.

"Pastor's [sic] are meant to be shepherds who protect the sheep, not wolves who prey on the sheep they're entrusted to protect." 

Leona Kimes was named in a leaked report following an investigation into Hillsong New York City. 

The ongoing investigation of New York City's former pastor Carl Lentz who was fired in 2020, has named a series of several extramarital affairs he has had.

One of the affairs mentioned by investigators involves Leona Kimes.

Investigators suggest that the pair were caught "in flagrante delecto on a couch late at night" by Laura Lentz. 

Carl Lentz has contested aspects of the report. 

Leona Kimes has accused Lentz of "manipulation, control, bullying, abuse of power, and sexual abuse", which Lentz denies.

Lentz admitted to being unfaithful to his wife, Laura Lentz,  in a Instagram post where he apologised to his wife and children. 

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