Oxygen holds private screening for ‘Preachers of Atlanta’

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What do you get when you have a Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, police officer, life coach, Cajo Records president, and man nicknamed “White Chocolate” all on one stage? Well, you get the newest cast of Oxygen’s debut season of “Preacher’s of Atlanta.” And what do they all have in common? Well, it’s their love for the Lord.

Oxygen held a private screening allowing insiders to get insight on this season and each cast member. The host, comedian and inspirational speaker, Willie Moore, Jr. brought  laughs, motivation, and positive energy throughout the event.

During the red carpet, rolling out caught up with executive producer Lemuel Plummer. When asked what inspired the producers to bring the Oxygen series to Atlanta, he stated that the diversity of the cast and their methods of how they minister is what drew he and Holly Carter (producer) to create this season.

If you followed “Preacher’s of L.A.” and “Preacher’s of Detroit,” you might ask, how will this show stand out from the past two shows? Well, Plummer responded that viewers will not have seen anything like it, describing it as “loud” and “different.” He continued that one pastor on the show ministers while reaching out to young women and men by distributing cigarettes and condoms while another pastor on the show has a father who is openly gay. Quite unorthodox, right?

Nonetheless, the overall impact Plummer wants the show to have is to inform viewers that pastors are human beings who can fall short of perfection. Plummer also stated that he is excited that these pastors who have fairly large followings can tell their stories to those who will be tuning in.

Following our interview, a sneak-peak preview of this season played. While we won’t spoil anything before the premiere, we will say some scenes from the preview had audience members choking up.

Afterwards, the host brought out each cast member, which includes Pastor Corey Hambrick (police officer), Pastor Le”andria Johnson (Grammy Award-winning recording artist), Pastor Canton Jones (rapper and president of Cajo Records), Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier (Social media renowned and life coach), and Pastor Judah Swilley (fifth-generation preacher).

Closing the screening was an exuberant performance led by Pastor Canton Jones and some members of his congregation. Preacher’s of Atlanta premieres Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10/9c. Get your popcorn ready. It shall be an interesting season.

-kira demund

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