Justin Bieber has been known to make headlines recently. This week is no different. The 19-year-old pop star reportedly “broke down” at a church sermon. It happened during a service by Pastor Carl Lentz at Hillsong NYC Church on Sunday.
Bieber tweeted about his emotional encounter, thanking the Pastor:
Love to my guy @carllentzNYC for the amazing sermon at church this morning. Love you man. I broke down today. Thank u 🙂
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 9, 2013
Later that night, he posted a photo of the two to Instagram, along with the caption “Love you bro”:
Hillsong Church began in Sydney Australia. Their mission is “to see God’s kingdom established across the earth.” Hillsong’s NYC location soft-launched in October 2010 and is being called “one of the fastest-growing megachurches.”
According to the church’s Instagram account, the theme of the sermon was “There Goes The Neighborhood”:
It was Pastor Carl Lentz’ first time preaching at Hillsong NYC’s new chapel service location.
Pastor Lentz is called a “punk pastor” because of his edgy appearance and social circle. He has a mohawk and tattoos and is frequently photographed with high-profile musicians and athletes. His sermons mix music and pop culture with traditional Bible verses to skew towards a younger, more relaxed audience, which may have been what attracted Bieber to the Hillsong community.
Justin Bieber was in New York City attending events to kick off Fashion Week.