Deitrick Haddon has never been what you might call conventional, and he’s entering new territory with his Oxygen network reality show, “Preachers of LA.”
The gospel artist spoke to Sister 2 Sister about why he decided to enter the reality TV realm and why some feel church is a joke.
Read it all in the November 2013 issue of Sister 2 Sister and get a preview here.
Ericka: Now, Deitrick, you’ve always been ahead of the curve with your sound, with your look, the movies that you’ve been dong and writing. So why are you deciding to join the fray and do a reality show?
Deitrick: Because I cannot pass up the opportunity to share the gospel with 100 million homes on a weekly basis for eight weeks. People are interested in our culture and gospel music in the church, but everybody’s afraid to share the truth about who we are and what we do. And I think the next dimension of winning souls—or just sharing the gospel—is just being transparent. It’s not being fake and phony and up on the pulpit preaching to everybody else but not sharing who you really are or your flaws. That’s what has really turned people off in the church and made the church and the gospel a joke. We project all this perfection and when we have a humanity moment, people get all messed up and say, “See, I told you! That preacher. See. I told you! The church folk—“ this, that and the other. I feel that this show is really gonna show people who we are, and I hope that they will say, “Hey, this is a person that loves God; they’re true to their call or their assignment on earth, or their purpose, but yet they’re imperfect.” I think people will appreciate that. We don’t know. We have yet to see the effect it will have, but my agenda is to share my testimony with the world and show people who we really are as men of God and people who are trying to do what God has called them to do, even in their humanity.
“Preachers of LA” premieres October 9 on Oxygen at 10 ET/9 CT. Get more from Deitrick in the November issue of Sister 2 Sister.
Watch the first episode of “Preachers of L.A.” below.
The cast of “Preachers of L.A.” talks about the show.
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