Who is Ranin Karim? Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz's mistress

EX Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz was fired for having an affair with jewelry designer Ranin Karim.

The former celebrity pastor hid his affair from his wife for months until she apparently read his text messages and uncovered the infidelity. 

Who is Ranin Karim?

Ranin Karim, 34, is a designer of accessories and fashion living in Brooklyn, New York.

She was previously married and divorced prior to meeting Hillsong’s Carl Lentz in May of this year. 

Where did they meet? 

According to her recount of their relationship, the two met at Domino Park in Brooklyn during the coronavirus lockdown.

She was searching for a place to sit when Lentz suggested she join him where he was at.

They sparked up a conversation and Karim claims that Lentz told her not to Google him but that his job was to “manage celebrities.”

What did she say on Good Morning America?

Karim went on Good Morning America on Friday and gave her first televised interview after Lentz was released from Hillsong due to their affair.

The designer explained that she noticed multiple red flags when she met him, but still went along with their "consensual" affair. 

Ranin said: "It was so strange. I realized he was the pastor from Hillsong and I was like 'I've been to this church like six years ago.'"

She explained that she later allegedly confronted him after finding out who he was and asked him "is there something wrong with your marriage that you're sitting with me?" to which he replied no.

The affair went on for six months, according to Karim until Lentz’s wife Laura discovered their steamy messages. 

The messages were apparently connected to his work computer at the church office and also allegedly contained “naughty photos.”

Laura seemingly uncovered them while several other co-workers were also present.

Despite the affair, as The Sun exclusively reported, Carl and Laura are attempting to make their marriage work as divorce is “the last thing” they want for their family. 

Additionally, The Sun revealed that “at least three more women” have come forward with claims of a romance with the married pastor.

Was Carl Lentz fired?

Lentz was formally fired by Hillsong for a "revelation of moral failures," according to a statement that was sent out to church members on November 4.

In the communication Hillsong founder and senior pastor, Brian Houston, said that the church was “very sad” to inform that Carl’s employment had been terminated.

He said: “I know this will come as a shock to you, but please know that this action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl.

“This action has been taken following ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures."

Lentz quietly relocated to Los Angeles with his family amid the criticism from the media about the affair. 

Did Justin Bieber unfollow Carl?

Justin and Hailey Bieber have cut ties with their former close pal following his affair, as The Sun exclusively reported. 

The couple reportedly unfollowed Lentz on all social media accounts and no longer have a relationship with him.

The pop star and his model wife are “distancing themselves” as the “irreparable damage” has been done. 

The couple had been friends with the Lentz family for many years, as the pastor had served as guidance to the Biebers.

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