Israel Houghton Returns to Lakewood Church After News of Engagement and Is Welcomed with Open Arms


Months after gospel singer Israel Houghton stepped down from his position as worship leader at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, he was welcomed back with open arms when he attended a service last Sunday.

Osteen’s mother, Dolores “Dodie” Osteen, posted an image of herself with Houghton who recently got engaged to talk show host Adrienne Bailon.

“One of my favorite pple & singers Israel Houghton visited us today. Our family was so glad,” Dodie tweeted.

The singer also expressed his jubiliation for being back at home with his church family in a message on Instagram where he shared the same photo of himself with Dodie.

“SO refreshing to be home @lakewoodchurch this morning sitting next to this Queen @dodieosteen hearing my friend @realjohngray bring a powerful message. @dadra @imstevecrawford @petewilsons & the team led an amazing worship experience. My heart is happy today. #ILoveMyChurch,” he wrote.

Houghton took an indefinite leave from Lakewood Church earlier this year, according to a statement from the church.

“We can confirm that Israel is on indefinite leave, but it is important to clarify that we still consider Israel to be a part of the Lakewood family and that his employment has not been terminated,” the church said in a statement, according to KHOU-TV.

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Source: The Christian Post | CHRISTINE THOMASOS