Justin Bieber’s former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz enjoys Easter at the beach with wife and friends

Justin Bieber has credited former Hillsong Church NYC pastor Carl Lentz with helping him through some of his ‘darkest’ times before he and his wife were fired last November amid controversy.

Now, some five months later, the couple decided to head out and enjoy the Easter holiday on the beach in Santa Monica with some friends.

The pair were seen frolicking on the sand and lounging back on some beach chairs situated near where the ocean waves crashed into shore. 

Holiday in the sun: Disgraced Hillsong NYC paster Carl Lentz and his wife Laura Lentz soaked up the sun on Easter Sunday on a beach in Santa Monica

Holiday in the sun: Disgraced Hillsong NYC paster Carl Lentz and his wife Laura Lentz soaked up the sun on Easter Sunday on a beach in Santa Monica

With the sun glaring down, the Virginia native opted to wear shorts with a cropped plaid shirt.

He also donned a blue baseball cap and went shoeless during most of his time relaxing on the sand. 

His wife Laura Lentz wore light blue jeans with a white t-shirt and dark sunglasses.

They traded off their time between moving about on the sand chatting with their mates, with moments where they laid back on lounge chairs set up on the beach.

Beach wear: With the sun glaring down, the Virginia native opted to wear shorts with a cropped plaid shirt and a baseball cap

Beach wear: With the sun glaring down, the Virginia native opted to wear shorts with a cropped plaid shirt and a baseball cap

Out: Lentz was removed from his duties as the lead pastor with Hillsong NYC last November for what the church called 'leadership issues and breaches of trust'

Out: Lentz was removed from his duties as the lead pastor with Hillsong NYC last November for what the church called ‘leadership issues and breaches of trust’

Lentz was removed from his duties as the lead pastor with Hillsong NYC last November for what the church called ‘leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’

His wife, who also worked at the church, was also fired.

Lentz later revealed on his Instagram page that he was unfaithful to his wife and he was held accountable for that action.

Friends in high places: The association with Bieber would end up catapulting Lentz into a new stratosphere of fame that saw him congregate with an array of celebrities; Bieber and Lentz are pictured in August 2017

Friends in high places: The association with Bieber would end up catapulting Lentz into a new stratosphere of fame that saw him congregate with an array of celebrities; Bieber and Lentz are pictured in August 2017

Though Bieber’s relationship with Lentz was close and very public, the pair appeared to have distanced themselves prior to the cleric’s ouster from the megachurch.

The pop superstar, 27, has since expressed interested in taking a leadership role at Hillsong Church as a minister, according to OK! Magazine.

‘[He] doesn’t plan to give up his music career, but he feels there’s a bigger calling out there for him. He wants to be a full-fledged minister next year,’ a source said.

Though Bieber's relationship with Lentz was close and very public, the pair appeared to have distanced themselves prior to the former minister's ouster from the megachurch

 Though Bieber’s relationship with Lentz was close and very public, the pair appeared to have distanced themselves prior to the former minister’s ouster from the megachurch

Many Bieber fans will likely remember back in the summer of 2017, when the singer abruptly canceled the remainder of a concert tour after 16 months on the road.

While Bieber cited ‘fatigue’ as the main issue, TMZ reported that he had ‘rededicated his life to Christ’, thanks to Lentz, after suffering from mental health issues.

The association with Bieber would end up catapulting Lentz into a new stratosphere of fame that saw him congregate with an array of celebrities.

    

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