Celebrity pas­tors en route to New Zealand


AN evan­gel­i­cal ad­viser to Don­ald Trump and a pas­tor with links to the Kar­dashi­ans are among a del­e­ga­tion of celebrity pas­tors from Amer­i­can megachurches com­ing to New Zealand.

The Life con­fer­ence 2018’s lineup of speak­ers in­cludes pas­tor Jen­tezen Franklin, a mem­ber of the evan­gel­i­cal ad­vi­sory coun­cil, which has di­rect ac­cess to the White House and was formed dur­ing Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

Franklin has pub­licly crit­i­cised the pres­i­dent dur­ing his time on the board, in­clud­ing when Trump re­port­edly called na­tions like Haiti and El Sal­vador ‘‘s...hole coun­tries’’.

An­other key­note speaker at the con­fer­ence is Mi­ami-based pas­tor Rich Wilk­er­son Jr, who was the cel­e­brant at the 2014 wed­ding of Kim Kar­dashian and Kanye West.

Life Church spokesman Phil Irons said up to 5,000 peo­ple were ex­pected to at­tend the con­fer­ence at the Voda­fone Events Cen­tre from April 24 to 27.

Tick­ets to the con­fer­ence were $195 for an adult, or $400 for a fam­ily pass. The event’s web­site said it would be cen­tred around the theme of ‘‘over­com­ing’’.

‘‘Our prayer is that each in­di­vid­ual, cou­ple and fam­ily that at­tend will be min­is­tered to and equipped to live an over­com­ing life, em­pow­ered to achieve what God has called them to.’’

Life Church (orig­i­nally Chris­tian Life Cen­tre) was founded by Kiwi pas­tors Paul and Ma­ree de Jong al­most 30 years ago. It has sites in south Auck­land, Al­bany and Mel­bourne, and is build­ing a new church on Nor­manby Rd, Mt Eden, after com­plet­ing a land swap with coun­cil when their old premises on Mt Eden Rd fell in the path of the City Rail Link project.

Jen­tezen Franklin has the spir­i­tual ear of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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