Earlier this week, we shared news that Oxygen has planned to push all the boundaries of reality TV with a new reality show called “Preachers of LA.”
Th docu-series will provide a detailed look inside of the lives of well-known church leaders and pastors, with congregations in Los Angeles. Cast members include: Bishop Noel Jones, gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson and Pastor Jay Haizlip.
Executive producer Holly Carter goes into detail saying:
“This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery.
“… While we’re not quite sure whether or not the Christian community is ready for this, as the religion has been labeled as possibly the most critical, least open-minded and least forgiving, ‘Preachers L.A.’ is going full force allowing a very transparent look into the lives of the men and women of the cloth.”
Meet the cast who were willing to share the intimate details of their lives.
(Bios courtesy of the press release.)
Pastor Jay Haizlip (@jayhaizlip)
One of the pioneering greats of competitive skateboarding, Pastor Jay Haizlip, originally from Gadsden, Ala., collected big trophies, bigger paychecks and high-end sponsors, but fell into drugs. Back in the crack houses again, this time he’s not there for drugs — he’s helping rescue souls for the Kingdom.
Bishop Ron Gibson
Born in Compton, addicted to drugs before he was a teenager, a leader of the Crips by the time he was 16, a robber and a pimp, Bishop Ron Gibson was the least likely person to end up a preacher. He now changes the lives of 4,500 people each week at the Life Church of God in Christ.
Pastor Wayne Chaney
At the age of 20 he got the call from God and has grown to become a prominent pastor of the church his grandfather built. Fast-forward 10 years later, Antioch is the leading church in its community.
The son of a bishop and an evangelist, Deitrick was preaching at the age of 11 and conducting the church choir at 13. A dynamic personality, singer, songwriter and preacher, Deitrick finds himself at an impasse in life. Which road will he choose?
Bishop Clarence McClendon
Bishop Clarence McClendon appears throughout the world on his weekly international broadcast, which is available in 250 million homes worldwide. This charismatic and ubiquitous bishop has been noted for his contemporary and relevant approach to the gospel.
Bishop Noel Jones (@BishopNoelJones)
A Jamaican born into poverty, Bishop Noel Jones now lives on a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu at his feet, and across the street from the former home of the late L.A. Lakers’ owner, Jerry Buss. The brother of Grace Jones, Bishop Jones is headed toward retirement and looking for a successor.