If the topics covered at a “Preachers of Detroit” event Thursday night are any indication, the cast of the new reality show should be able to keep viewers glued to the drama.
Shattering glass ceilings. Remaining a virgin for 50 years. Believing men are better leaders than women. The seven stars of the Oxygen series, premiering Feb. 20, talked about all of that and more at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during a dinner accompanied by a sneak peek of extended clips.
The preachers who’ll open up their private lives to the cameras said the experience isn’t about the fame. According to them, it’s about spreading the message of a city on the rebound — and the churches that have been there for the community in good times and bad.
“God spoke to me and he told me he was giving me the green light…I believe this is a part of my assignment,” said Pastor Don William Shelby Jr of Ypsilanti’s Burning Bush International Ministries Church of God in Christ.
More than 100 people attended the invite-only evening hosted by the Oxygen cable network, which already is home to the hit series “Preachers of L.A.”
Executive producer of the “Preachers” franchise Lemuel Plummer, who’s originally from Detroit, was on hand. So were several members of his family, including his father, Rev. Glenn Plummer of Redford’s Ambassadors for Christ Church, a longtime figure in Christian television.
The younger Plummer said he felt compelled to bring the series to Detroit. “I grew up with these guys and I have a passion for the city as well,” he stressed.
After posing for a flurry of photos on an indoor red carpet, the cast members participated in a panel discussion moderated by Bishop Greg Davis, a popular host on The Word Network, and accompanied by clips of them on the show.
It was a glimpse of what their TV personae are likely to be. Shelby, a father of five, talked about wanting to do everything he can to make sure his five children avoid premarital sex. Pastor Tim Alden, who’s returning to his Detroit hometown from Los Angeles, explained his decision to stay celibate his entire life and his sense that a “purity revolution” is on the way.
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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press