Hillsong megachurch has responded to its most recent sex scandal.
The Australia-based, multinational institution lost yet another pastor following revelations of infidelity this week. Darnell Barrett, the creative director of the church’s Montclair, New Jersey, chapter resigned on Tuesday after sharing explicit photos to his Instagram and sending a revealing selfie to a nonconsenting church volunteer.
“Hey! I think I might’ve added you to my close friends list by accident. I’m so sorry. Trying to figure out how the hell to edit it,” Barrett, 32, a married father of two, texted the volunteer after reportedly sending a lewd photo of himself in front of a mirror, wearing only white Nike Pro tights, the Daily Mail reported. Barrett also supposedly posted two photos from the underwear selfie shoot to his “close friends” Instagram Story in February.
Hillsong East Coast confirmed Friday in its response statement that Barrett resigned, and “Hillsong accepted his resignation and agreed that he could not continue as part of our team. We were disappointed to learn about choices he made that were unacceptable for any Hillsong staff member.”
The statement goes on to laud the many church staffers who aren’t involved in high-profile sex scandals — and makes no mention of pastor Carl Lentz, who has been embroiled in controversy stemming from an affair.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Hannah Frishberg