Five are African American like Gibson, and then there’s a token white guy – introduced at the insistence of the network – but all are outlandish characters who preach the prosperity gospel, that quintessentially American strain of Christianity that maintains that you can pray yourself rich, that bling equates with blessings and it’s OK to flaunt it too, all the better to advertise what God can do. ” says Gibson, trotting out one of his favourite lines. And now, 30 years on, he is a millionaire pastor, married to his childhood sweetheart whom he grandly calls “The First Lady Le Vette”.As we sit on a bench on a chilly morning, he tells me his come-to-Jesus story – how he grew up poor, joined a gang and would go to the Hollywood hills to mug people. And it all started here, in Gonzales Park, where he used to deal weed and angel dust.p .main-container #login input[type=text], .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login input[type=text] .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login div .main-container .remember-forgot .main-container .main-container .main-container #login div label .main-container button .main-container #social .main-container #social span .main-container #social span.facebook .main-container #social span.google .main-container #social span.twitter .main-container #social span.yahoo .main-container .main-container .Rumors have been flying around since 2011 that actress Lisa Raye Mc Coy was dating a preacher. Mc Coy will be featured in a reality show with her boyfriend, Bishop Noel Jones.That’s why we’re meeting here, and not at his church, some 50 miles away in Riverside. “I’m getting my Ferrari detailed nearby, so after we’ve finished, I’m going to pick it up, drive to Rodeo Drive and buy my wife something nice.Maybe some jewellery.” It’s high time the Prosperity Gospel got its own reality show.
When he takes off his black leather gloves, his fingers sparkle with gems. But he’s not – he’s a bishop, one of six on a new reality show that debuted last year called Preachers of LA from the Oxygen Network. My mom taught me values.” He became a drug addict, and might have ended that way had he not been saved.The show is shot in the familiar style of The Kardashians and Real Housewives, with the same choppy edits, peppy music, and a camera that glamorises and trivialises in turn – one minute it’s ogling their mansions and Bentleys, the next it’s zooming in on their squabbles and domestic bickering. Perhaps if season two goes ahead we may see a city-by-city franchise, as with Housewives, from New York to DC to Atlanta.“Let me put an end to this…people have us dating, engage and running off to get married and I’m not doing ANY of the above.And by the way, when I do get engaged…I’ll let yall know…deal?☺”According to Allways Lisa Raye Mc Coy and Bishop Noel Jones relationship is finally confirmed and will be a featured storyline on an upcoming Reality show highlighting the lives of mega church pastors living in LA this fall.“In my reading the Bible, I’ve never seen anything that would tell a guy, even if he’s in ministry, that he can’t have a girlfriend,” he says.