This dealer sells homes and God, too.
Australia-based megachurch Hillsong has been engulfed in scandal since November when celebrity-beloved Carl Lentz was fired from his place because the NYC department’s lead pastor for adultery. Lentz’s departure sparked an inner investigation of Hillsong’s East Coast operations and opened the floodgates to a tidal wave of different accusations in opposition to the church, together with that it exploited congregants, functioned as extra of a homophobic “cult” than a spiritual establishment and that pastors used tithe cash to fund their extreme existence.
In the meantime, Lentz’s former “right-hand man” and former real estate dealer John Termini quietly started taking on the fallen star’s tasks, headlining the providers Lentz had beforehand led and changing Lentz as probably the most featured face on Hillsong NYC’s social media accounts.
Insiders, nonetheless, allege that the property agent’s time within the limelight is simply short-term. Lentz’s formal substitute “is coming from the mothership in Sydney. It gained’t be John,” an individual with information of what’s been communicated to East Coast Hillsong staffers claimed to The Publish, including that Termini is “certainly the ‘interim’ face of Hillsong East Coast.”
Neither Termini nor Hillsong returned The Publish’s request for remark.
In Hillsong’s Jan. 24 pandemic-safe Sunday service livestream — titled “Who Is Main You? | John Termini | Hillsong East Coast” — Termini is launched as an government pastor who’s “serving to lead the cost on this interim season” earlier than taking the display screen.
“My title is John Termini and I’m serving to lead our church proper now, on this season. And I do know this has been a extremely difficult time for our church to navigate,” the 38-year-old father says earlier than launching right into a sermon, gesticulating closely as a spiritual-sounding instrumental observe performs within the background. Within the sermon, he talks about management, the Guide of John and the similarities between landlords and the Holy Spirit.
“You realize I was a dealer,” he says some half-hour into preaching. “I like brokers, thank God for brokers, however you recognize what’s higher than a dealer is the proprietor. Why go to a dealer, why go to an proprietor, go to a vendor. His title is the Holy Spirit. He can present you entry to the Father.”
Along with taking Lentz’s airtime, Termini has additionally apparently managed to remain within the good graces of Lentz’s largest superstar supporter: Justin Bieber.
“Carry it on 2021,” Termini captioned a Jan. 12 Instagram post of himself, his brother Joe and, amongst others, Justin and spouse Hailey Baldwin in entrance of a tropical sundown.
Baldwin, 24, unfollowed Lentz shortly the information broke of his affair, and Bieber, 26, publicly distanced himself from Hillsong this month, declaring in an Instagram Story that “HILLSONG IS NOT MY CHURCH.. FOR CLARITY I AM PART OF CHURCHOME.”
Termini has beforehand held the titles of Hillsong Church’s Head of World Real Estate and, earlier than that, its Director of Enterprise Growth, based on his Linkedin — jobs he additionally managed to cross-reference with the Holy Bible in previous sermons.
“We lease venues now, however sooner or later we’re going to personal venues,” Termini instructed a rapt crowd at Hillsong’s Connecticut chapter in 2018 after citing John 3:16 (“For God so beloved the world, that he gave his solely begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shouldn’t perish, however have eternal life”) and emphasizing the significance of donating cash, The Hour reported on the time. The publication described him as “a brawny man, properly over 6 ft tall with completely coiffed hair and piercing blue eyes.”
Former Hillsong member Ian Keith beforehand described Termini to The Publish, claiming he’s “crass” and “disingenuous.” Keith claimed that, in a single significantly upsetting interplay, the pastor allegedly publicly eviscerated him for being homosexual. “‘You make it such a giant deal that you just’re homosexual,’” Keith claimed Termini screamed at him, unprovoked, amongst different alleged insults for a matter of minutes whereas the pair have been exterior a Williamsburg espresso store.
In an interview, Termini as soon as stated that his favourite factor about his spouse Katie (who “interprets” conventional Native American jewellery into “fashionable, delicate” items) is “her hotness.”