The count down has begun for the highly anticipated reality TV show/docu-series, 'Preachers of LA'. Earlier this summer, we confirmed the news, that saints, sinners and all of those in between would get a peak inside the lives of Bishop Noel Jones, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson on the Oxygen produced show. Recently, we chatted with one of the cast members, Bishop Jones, who is well known in the spiritual and religious community. In addition to pastoring mega church, 'City of Refuge', he's the brother Grace Jones and is well-known as an international speaker. During our interview, the Jamaica native opened up about his real motive for joining the show, how his congregation acted and what his best friend, Bishop T.D. Jakes' response was to his involvement in 'Preachers of LA'. Check out our conversation below.
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Jasmine BRAND: So the first question that I always ask everyone I interview is,"Who are you?"
Bishop Jones: That's an interesting question. I am the composite of many things - I primarily do what I do, and love doing what I do - so professionally that's what I am , I am a preacher pastor. I'm a Father. I would say that I'm given to intellectuality and have a decent vocabulary. But basically I'm just a person that likes other people and like to be good and nice to people - be kind. That's basically what I am.
JB: So that sums yourself up in a nutshell. So I'm very excited like I'd said earlier to talk to you because everyone is talking about this exciting - somewhat controversial - docu-series called, "Preachers of L.A."
"Preachers of L.A." But at the same time it is - anytime, anytime that you've got to deal with money, clarity and humanity, and the human aspect of preaching. Anytime you deal with people who everybody put on pedestals, and put them up on pedestals that they can't live on. Anytime you deal with looking on the other side and deal with lifestyle - It's going to be controversial, there's no question about it. The reason why I'm doing this show is because I want to deflate the iconoclastic dispositions that we have towards men and women who are in ministry or who are in any position where we want to look up to them. Because at the end of the day, everybody's flawed. And I tell my friends, "I'm too flawed to be flashy" so I try to stay as far out from the limelight as I can. It's just that - and the truth is that I'm good at what I do. So if I wasn't good at what I do, I wouldn't be in demand. And because I'm in demand, I'm in the limelight. And because I'm in the limelight, it comes on, on the good and the bad - but we don't want to embrace that. We want to give the impression that there's nothing on - we don't have a dark side. But everybody's got a dark side, of course, won't agree with me, but everybody's got a dark side.
JB: Okay, let me ask you this. I watched the trailer and I believe I read in the bio - one of the things which you'd be addressing on the show is the fact that it may be time for you to retire. Did I make that up, or is that true?
JB: How do you know right now is the right time to think about retirement?
Because it's always the right time to think of something that you're going to have to prepare for. It's retirement - it's something that's going to come naturally, it's going to evolve, it's going to morph so its something you give thought to. The Greek word to "provide" is to think beforehand. And ultimately, I would have to walk away from a pulpit - I don't certainly don't wanna die with my command. But in order to do that, I have to make plans.
JB: Before you decided to do the show, did you consult - I mean, you're a very popular bishop and you have popular bishop friends. Did you consult with - I don't know whether you have a mentor or - I don't know how that goes because I'm not behind the scenes, I don't know how the dynamics work but in my mind, you were presented an opportunity and called your homeboy like, "Hey, what do you think about..?" This is how it happened in my mind and you consulted someone else. Did it happen? Or did you pray about it? Or how did that work?
Well, I called a couple of my friends and I got different opinions - some said "Yes", some said "No". My best friend said when he heard I was doing this - because I didn't call him - but when he heard I was doing this, he said that he swallowed his tongue.
JB: What was your best friend, Bishop T.D. Jakes', response?
Bishop [T.D.] Jakes. So when he said he swallowed his tongue when he heard I was doing it - and rightfully so - because from his perspective, we're two different people. I'm more open and more gregarious than he is, and less protected. And so, and he's very protective. So consequently, I'm on the other side of the protection that he would like me to have and then it's risky business - it's no question in my mind - it's risky business. I talked to the families that they've decided to go with, and I wanted to make sure that no one of us would do anything that would jeopardize how people view the other ones of us - that no one of us, would do something that would jeopardize how others are looked at. So we have a little council within the whole show thing, and then they can't show what we don't give.
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SOURCE: The Jasmine Brand