Exclusive 'Preachers of Atlanta' Trailer: See the Woman Who Preaches in a Tutu and Heels!
By Brice Sander
Get ready to go to church -- down south!
Oxygen is expanding its hit Preachers of… franchise with Preachers of Atlanta. The series follows five pastors with drastically different approaches to their ministries -- there’s everything from a rapping minister to a tutu-wearing pastor. And the new show promises to explore hot-button, polarizing issues in America.
“Preachers of Atlanta features a young, vibrant group of pastors who are pushing the envelope and tackling real-world issues in their communities, creating thought-provoking dialogue,” Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media Rod Aissa said in a statement to ET.
“The series showcases a new generation of preachers who, through their nontraditional approaches, are unapologetic in their ministry and unafraid to break down boundaries in an effort to drive positive change,” Aissa continued.
Corey Hambrick is a pastor -- and a police officer! Hambrick divides his time between his ministry and being a Sergeant Detective at the City of Conyers Police Department. Hambrick lives by his conviction to save souls and lives. The Atlanta native juggles those duties with his family life. He and wife Corrinne have two daughters, Chloe and Mariah.
Like Hambrick, Le’Andria Johnson wears more than one hat. She’s a pastor and a recording artist. Johnson won a GRAMMY for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, and was named Billboard’s No. 1 Female Gospel Artist -- both in 2012. If she looks familiar, it’s because she won season three of BET’s Sunday Best. Johnson incorporates her love of music into her teachings at the church -- and says she’s willing to take extreme measures to reach those in need.
Johnson isn’t the only musical pastor in Atlanta. Meet Canton Jones -- a so-called “media triple threat.” He works as a rapper, songwriter and producer when he’s not at church. Jones has been nominated for a GRAMMY and won three Gospel Choice Awards. As if he wasn’t busy enough with his multiple jobs, Jones is also father to three boys and one girl. Oh, and he and his wife, Ramona, have another bundle of joy on the way.
Pastor Kimberly is a life coach and mentor determined to lead each member of her congregation to their purpose in life -- all through a movement she calls “Conquering Hell in High Heels.” She travels the world to spread her message. Pastor Kimberly grew up in the church -- both her parents were preachers -- and she’s married to another pastor at the Church of Harvest. She’ll face some challenges this season as she meets her husband’s sons from a previous relationship for the first time, while working to spark her own sons’ interest in the ministry.
Judah Swilley is a fifth-generation preacher who just launched a new church. His goal is to bring young people from all walks of life together in a mission to change the world. He travels to churches, conferences and schools across the country to share his vision -- and just like some of the other pastors on the show, Swilley uses music in his teachings. He released his first album at the age of 12.
Preachers of Atlanta premieres Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10 p.m. ET on Oxygen.