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Deitrick weighs in on society’s stigma of materialism amongst pastors, while Jay shares that he was a cocaine addict for 12 years before joining the ministry. The men show us their fun and jovial sides as they perform in a church talent show for “The Real” audience.
Loni Love: Pastor Jay, your ministry focuses on saving the lives of troubled youth. Dealing with addiction, tell us how your story relates?
Jay Haizlip: Well you know, I didn’t grow up in the church world. I was a professional skateboarder for most of my life. I’ve been skateboarding for most of my life.
Tamera Mowry-Housley: Oh cool!
Adrienne Bailon: That’s so hot.
Jay Haizlip: And you know rising through the ranks of just being a skater and unfortunately I started making a lot of bad choices: getting involved in things that nearly destroyed my life; particularly cocaine for 12 years. I was addicted to cocaine and it almost wiped me out completely. As a result of that, that is how I had a radical encounter with God. It’s just given me a platform not only to just young people, or thugs, or people like that, but our church is very diverse. I think that just because of where I’ve been and what I’ve gone through it just gives me a platform to speak to people period.
Adrienne Bailon: I love that. I love that. That is awesome. Now Deitrick you also serve as Executive Producer of “Preachers of LA,” what do you have to say in response to the people that feel a way about preachers having fancy cars and huge houses and that sort of thing?
Deitrick Haddon: What’s wrong with that? A man deserves to drive what he can afford. If you worked hard, you deserve it. Now I think people have a problem when the pastor driving a Bentley and there is a leak in the church ceiling. Now I think that is the issue that people have. People have been victims of bad leadership out there.
Wayne Chaney: You know there are multiple streams. Without question there are multiple streams. God opens up different doors of opportunity. I think when he does that you should be able to do it. Our church has tripled in size, quadrupled in income, since I’ve been there I have not taken a raise from them in ten years.
Adrienne Bailon: You better take that raise.
Deitrick Haddon: You take your check and sow it into my ministry.
Jay Haizlip: It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have that matters. And so you know, if I’m taking everything and keeping it for myself, we’ve got a problem. But if I’m using what I have to help other people then I think that’s wonderful.
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Lessons From 'The Preachers Of L.A.'
1. The Preachers Of L.A.1 of 25
2. Bishop McClendon and MInister Haddon2 of 25
3. Minister Deitrick Haddon3 of 25
4. Bishop McClendon4 of 25
5. Minister Haddon5 of 25
6. Bishop Jones6 of 25
7. Bishop Gibson7 of 25
8. Pastor Chaney8 of 25
9. Pator Haizlip9 of 25
10. Minister Haddon10 of 25
11. Pastor Haizlip11 of 25
12. Pastor Haizlip and First Lady Christy Haizlip12 of 25
13. Pastor Chaney Jr. and First Lady Myesha Chaney13 of 25
14. MInister Haddond and First Lady Dominique14 of 25
15. BIshop Gibson15 of 25
16. Bishop Gibson and First Lady Lavette Gibson16 of 25
17. Bishop Jones and Loretta17 of 25
18. Bishop McClendon And Family18 of 25
19. Bishop Jones and Loretta Talk19 of 25
20. First Lady Myesha Chaney20 of 25
21. Dominique Haddon21 of 25
22. Minister Haizlip and Minister Haddon22 of 25
23. Minister Haizlip and First Lady Christy23 of 25
24. Bishop Gibson and First Lady Lavette24 of 25
25. Bishop Gibson25 of 25
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