“Preachers of LA,” the faith-based reality show that sparked controversy and critical debate over its flashy season one premiere, returns to the Oxygen network next week with what appears to be more sobering developments in the ministries and lives of its star Christian ministers.
What is clear from the new season is that Bishop Noel Jones and his longtime friend and potential love interest, Loretta are confronted by Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife about the pair’s unusual relationship. The confrontation over the status of Jones and Loretta’s relationship, which Gibson insists the world needs to know about, apparently causes a “devastating rift” between the couples.
In another scene, also related to Jones, pastor of the 15,000-member City of Refuge, the Jamaican-born minister is seen visiting with members of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The church’s pastor, Ronald Harris, was gunned down in the pulpit during a revival service on Sept. 27, 2013, allegedly by Woodrow Karey. Karey, indicted for second-degree murder and reportedly a former member of the church, called 911 after the shooting and surrendered to authorities. He reportedly told officers that he shot Pastor Harris because he believed the minister had raped his wife. Jones, joined by castmate and recording artist Deitrick Haddon, held a revival service at Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in support of the devastated congregants.
Also in season two, Pastor Jay Haizlip’s attempts to help get a drug addict to make the right choices to get his life on track. The Sanctuary lead pastor and his wife, Christy, are even shown shedding tears in some parts of the preview video.
The full cast includes: Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson.
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Check out the premiere of “Preachers of L.A.” season 2 before it airs on August 20 at 10 p.m. EST.