“Preachers of L.A.” is an Oxygen reality series about wealthy ministers in southern California. On the surface, you’d think the biggest issue viewers might have is with their opulent lifestyles. Yet, this factor merely scratches the surface. Information was missing in the bios of a few cast members that indicate justifying lofty bank accounts is the least of their worries.
Bishop Clarence McClendon
According to ex-wife Tammera McClendon, for the last five years of their 16-year marriage, the bishop had been asking for a divorce. He believed that ‘god had shown him who he was supposed to marry’. Against her own wishes, she filed papers. Seven days after their divorce was finalized, he walked down the aisle with his current wife and alleged mistress Priscilla Delgado. During this period, he also left Foursquare ministries on claims of racism while pointing the finger at Tammera for wanting to end their union. The ex-Mrs. McClendon says this was all a lie. (Read story.)
Bishop Noel Jones
In the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Bishop Noel Jones’ eccentric sister Grace Jones took center stage. She appeared to be the wild child of their very religious family. Untrue. Bishop Noel Jones shares a kindred spirit with Grace and continues to be linked with females who most would not consider to be holy. He allegedly dated reality TV stars-actresses NeNe Leakes and Lisa Raye. Also, in 2012, “X-Factor” finalist Stacy Francis named him as the father of her baby. (Read story.)
After fifteen years of marriage, Deitrick and ex-wife Damita divorced. Surprisingly, this fact isn’t the messy part. What followed, a ‘tweet’ announcing their split and ‘Facebook post’ blaming another man for breaking up the marriage was. Then, of course, there’s this minister’s baby born out of wedlock while he was going through his divorce proceedings. For the record, Deitrick Haddon has stated he repented for his ungodly behavior.
Bishop Ron Gibson
He has been linked to one of the most notorious, high profile, female preachers Paula White. She was accused of having an affair with Benny Hinn and breaking up (temporarily) his marriage. Allegedly, back in the day, she was also involved with Bishop Ron Gibson. The two were said to have had sex on her plane while in Virginia preaching. (Read story.)
Shocked? Only two of the cast members: Pastor Wayne Chaney and Pastor Jay Haizlip appear to be ‘scandal – less’. The creators of “Preachers of L.A.” obviously picked the stars of this reality series for a reason. They wanted religious men who’d draw a crowd and also bring ‘the drama’. Hopefully, while entertaining viewers, the cast will show how they’ve cleaned up their acts.
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