The Last Thing Detroit Needs Is ‘Preachers of Detroit’ but Here We Go


Bishop Charles H. Ellis III could preach for a while about the power of the media to influence public impressions.

“We hear all the time on these radio stations—whether it be Frankie Darcell, Mildred Gaddis or whoever—’What are the churches doing?’ ‘The churches ought to be doing more!’ ‘These big churches, why aren’t they doing something?’ Blah, blah, blah,” parodies Ellis, approaching his 20th anniversary as senior pastor for one of Detroit’s highest-profile megachurches, Greater Grace Temple.

“I always want to say, ‘You must not go to a church! Because if you went to a church you could answer that question yourself.'”

The bigger the bully pulpit, the greater the opportunity to control the message and go tell it on the media mountain as far and wide as possible. That may be one reason why Ellis—and six other spiritual luminaries with prominent Detroit roots—agreed to join the cast for season one of Preachers of Detroit, premiering at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 on Oxygen. The new series is the first spinoff of the cable channel’s holy, high-rolling hit reality show Preachers of L.A.

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Source: Blac Detroit

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