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Justin Bieber “Broke Down” at Hillsong NYC Church Service Sunday

Justin Bieber and Carl Lentz

Justin Bieber and Pastor Carl Lentz

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:

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.

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