According to RadarOnline, Houghton has been put on indefinite leave as a minister at Joel Osteen‘s Texas-based Lakewood Church, a position he held for five years. The action comes amid talk that surfaced about Houghton cheating on his wife Meleasa after 20 years of marriage as well as the super-church’s website mysteriously eliminating him from its website.
Speaking with Radar, a rep for Lakewood Church confirmed that Houghton is no longer part of the fold after announcing his divorce amid cheating rumors in February.
“Lakewood Church released Israel Houghton from his responsibilities as a worship leader [in February] and placed him on indefinite leave, rep for the church told the site. “Since that time, he has not been featured in any Lakewood Church related activities.”
“Lakewood Church is not at liberty to discuss publicly any details regarding Israel’s personal situation, but stands ready to provide Israel with spiritual counseling and guidance should he choose to seek it,” the rep continued.