Oxygen is gearing up for the release of its newest reality show, Preachers of L.A., and the show, which takes viewers inside the lives of prominent pastors in Los Angeles, is already causing a stir.
Preachers of L.A. follows skateboarding pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Clarence McClendon, recording artist and pastor Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Pastor Wayne Chaney as they minister to their congregations and live seemingly lavish, and complicated, lives.
Known for their fiery sermons, community outreach and passionate followings, pastors have become iconic, beloved, and sometimes polarizing figures in modern culture. Yet, few people have access to these larger-than-life men away from the pulpit. Until now.
We’re thrilled to introduce Preachers of L.A, a rare glimpse into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles. From pro skateboarder Pastor Jay Haizlip to Grace Jones’ brother Bishop Noel Jones to Bishop Clarence McClendon, who reaches 250 million homes via international broadcast each week, Preachers of L.A. will explore the human side of these ambitious and very powerful men of faith.
Although it was just released last week, the show’s trailer already has people talking with most focusing on the pastors’ luxury lifestyles. However, I’m more curious to see how these men deal with adversity in their private lives.
Case in point, Pastor Deitrick Haddon. From the looks of the clip, Pastor Haddon is a divorcée with a girlfriend and a baby out of wedlock. While many pastors often counsel against such things, it will be interesting to see how Pastor Haddon balances (or justifies?) his relationship with God and the church with his relationship with the mother of his child.