Hillsong Pastor Darnell Barrett resigns after infidelity scandal

Hillsong Church’s Montclair, New Jersey Chapter’s creative director resigns after sending explicit photos to a woman on Instagram.

pastor Darnell Barrett claims they were sent to one of his followers in error and not to involve the woman in a sexual relationship.

Darnell Barrett, the married creative director of Hillsong New Jersey, resigned this week after reportedly sending someone a flirtatious photo pretending to be a mistake. (Facebook)

The 32-year-old sent photos of himself shirtless in tight sweatpants that appear to show his penis erect. The pictures were shared in a “close friends” Instastory post, but he also sent them separately to a 30-year-old woman who had previously volunteered with him in Hillsong.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, Barrett reportedly followed the photo with the following messages: “Hey! I think I accidentally added you to my close friends list. I’m so sorry. I’m trying to figure out how the hell to edit it. “

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He later reportedly claimed the photos were “some real raw material that I send to my friend. Lol. “

“Seriously, I’m sorry.” He continued, “I think.”

The Daily Mail ran the photos and received the reported messages from the unidentified woman concerned. On one of the photos, Barrett wrote, “Depression and anxiety have overwhelmed me for the past 30 hours. Hardly got up yesterday. I’m just proud of myself for going to the gym today, even if it was a cheap 30 minute workout. One of the insidious things about grief is its moody nature. I am learning to give myself grace as I deal with it. “

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The woman later sent him a long, angry message in which she wrote that it was clear that he wanted her to see his body. She said she then put Barrett’s account back on hold.

Barrett is the second Hillsong Church pastor to leave his post for infidelity.

New York Chapter Pastor Carl Lentz was released in November after what the church called “moral failure”.

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Hillsong is a church popular with the famous. actor Chris Pratt is a member and the church was attended by celebrities and singers Justin Bieber and the Kardashians.

Barrett appeared on an episode of the Steve Harvey Show over a year ago in which the father of two was reunited with his birth father.

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