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There’s been an interesting development regarding a story – sourced from a Radar Online report – that we ran earlier about Israel Houghton and Joel Osteen’s Lakewood church in Houston.

Jojo Pada, who is Houghton’s personal publicist, informed us – via a statement – that the gospel musician and minister has NOT been put on “indefinite leave” by the church.

However, it is true that at this time Houghton is not associated with the church … because he’s taking a “personal sabbatical of his own choosing.”

See Pada’s statement below:

“Israel has been on staff at Lakewood for 15 years since 2001 (not 2011) and actually remains officially on staff. He was never suspended, nor was he put on an indefinite leave but is on a personal sabbatical of his choosing. We are happy to answer any questions, and have reps at Lakewood church that will support our claim.”

So, how did Radar Online get it wrong? Well, we’ve learned exclusively that the site was given wrong information by an unnamed intern at the church who spoke without authority.

We’ve reached out to Don Iloff, the communications Director of Communication for Lakewood for a comment, but as of this posting there’s been no response.

Earlier we reported:

Israel Houghton Put on ‘Indefinite Leave’ by Joel Osteen’s Church Amid Cheating Scandal

Despite going public and explaining his relationship with Adrienne Bailon, Israel Houghton is professionally feeling the sting of cheating rumors.

According to RadarOnline, Houghton has been put on indefinite leave as a minister at Joel Osteen‘s Houston, 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.

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9 thoughts on “UPDATE: Israel Hougton Is STILL On Staff At Osteen Church

  1. I don’t want to bash anyone but we need to practice self control. tom joyner just reports the news he didn’t make it up. it’s good to be informed. hypocrisy needs to be exposed. I don’t want a view from a hyprocrite.

    • Why is Adrienne getting caught up witj a man whose been married 20 years? I’m starting yo wonder about her. She can’t be “Real”.

  2. I THINK IT IS VERY WRONG AND OF POOR TASTE FOR BLACKAMERICAWEB TO EXPLOIT THE OSTEEN’S! THEY DID NOT COMMIT THIS SIN AND HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HOUGHTON’S DECISION TO HAVE AN EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR! SO DISRESPECTFUL THAT TOM JOYNER WOULD ALLOW THIS ALL IN THE NAME OF DRIVING VIEWER’S TO YOUR WEBSITE.
    C MO

  3. ladydayforever on said:

    She’s already relevant because she’s on a national television show. Also she’s single, blame the man.
    Comparing her to Raven Symone is like apples and oranges.

  4. She just want to be relevant. She wants to be notice like Raven Symon. The real vs the view. Didn’t she dropped rob k for cheating. And he dating Chyna. And now she help break up a marriage. That cheetah girl.

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