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Atlanta preacher wives are coming to TLC in ‘The Sisterhood’ Jan. 1

TLC didn't provide me a caption so I don't know who is who here but they are part of TLC's new "Sisterhood" series. CREDIT: TLC

TLC didn't provide me a caption so I don't know who is who here but they are part of TLC's new "Sisterhood" series. CREDIT: TLC

Will this be heaven sent or a devil’s wish?

In the latest twist on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,”  a new TLC show focuses on a quintet of women whose husbands are preachers.

Dubbed “The Sisterhood,” TLC’s new show will debut Jan. 1 at 9 p.m. (Back in February, the original working title of the show was “Preacher Wives.”) The network shot eight episodes for the first season.

Conceptually, these women are known as “First Ladies” and are set to a higher standard because they are preachers’ wives. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t human with foibles and skeletons in their closet.

People.com received an exclusive teaser video you can watch here.

The publicity department only provided the first names of this diverse set of women so I did quick background checks on each one. Interestingly, two of the women don’t even have technical congregations to serve.

DOMONIQUE SCOTT

How the show describes her:

Brian and Domonique Scott will be on "The Sisterhood" on TLC.

Brian and Domonique Scott will be on "The Sisterhood" on TLC.

Domonique is anything but your typical preacher’s wife. She’s bold, she’s brash, and she’s unapologetically honest. After moving to Atlanta, she met and married Brian, an Evangelical pastor, and they had two daughters together. After years of growing The Good Life Ministry, the couple fell on hard times and were forced to close the church’s doors. They are now looking for new opportunities to fulfill their calling and Domonique is hoping to repair the damage that losing the church caused to her marriage.

Their website goodlifechurch.org is still up. I did a Nexis search on her. She’s 45, her last known address is in Lawrenceville and she grew up in Miami. She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 2004. She had an eviction notice placed against her in 2010 in Lawrenceville and she’s had several tax liens placed against her in recent years by the IRS and the state of Georgia.

TARA Y. LEWIS

Tara Lewis calls herself a "passionista."

Tara Lewis calls herself a "passionista."

Here’s the publicist’s description:

When most people think of preacher’s wives, they think of demure ladies in big hats, conservative suits, and strands of pearls. So when people find out Tara is a First Lady, they usually do a double take. She’s fit and fabulous and her wardrobe leaves little to the imagination. Tara and her husband Brian recently relocated their family from Los Angeles to Atlanta so Brian could pastor a new church. However, Brian, who was actually raised Jewish, lost his position at the church after only six weeks. Now the two are struggling to find their footing in a city where new churches… and new friends…are hard to come by.

They have a website called Phenomenallife.org. (Apparently, this is bigger than just what Domonique has to offer since it’s “phenomenal.”) She describes herself immodestly as “TV Host, Published Author, Certified Fitness Instructor, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Pastor and Très Chic Passionista, best known for her radiant beauty and Southern charm, Lewis has managed to stay in great shape, excellent health, and look über hot for having four children.”

According to Nexis/Lexis, she’s 41 and has lived for many years in Los Angeles before coming to Atlanta just before the show was announced in February. She has also lived in Texas and Ohio. She filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in 1997.

mark and ivy couchIVY COUCH

Most First Ladies do not have a colorful past like Ivy. As one of the members of girl group Xscape, Ivy lived the partying life of a pop star. But since meeting her husband Mark, pastor of the Emanuel Tabernacle Church, Ivy is singing a different tune. She is now a dutiful First Lady, wife, and mother to a one-year old son. However, her not-so-wholesome past helps Ivy relate to and connect with her inner city congregation.

Inevitably, they had to find an R&B singer to be part of this crew. While she says she’s a former member of Xscape, I couldn’t find any evidence online of her presence. The Xscape wikipedia page, for instance, does not list her as a member. (”Real Housewives of Atlanta” has a former member of Xscape in Kandi Burruss. Tameka “Tiny” Cottle is on VH1’s “T.I. and Tiny” after starring in a BET series “Tiny and Toya.”)

So I called her and she gave me the skinny on her Xscape connection: she joined the group around 2000 after Burruss had left but the group had lost its Jermaine Dupri label deal. She said she was already friends with Tamar Braxton and Tiny and lived with Tiny for a year.  In the end, she spent about a year with them, but they didn’t do much. She recalls one concert and participated in Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta” video but otherwise, it wasn’t all that fruitful and she left. She said she has one single Rolling Out article with a photo of her with the group and Ryan Cameron from 2001 as evidence of her brief time there.

A Nexis/Lexis background check says she’s 35 and lives in Fairburn. A Spelman graduate, she married her husband two and a half years ago and runs a music ministry.

CHRISTINA MURRAY

Anthony Christina murrayIt’s rare that you’ll hear a first lady say, “I’m Dominican and I don’t play!” But Christina often makes it known that she’s a sassy Latina who you don’t want to mess with.
Christina and her husband Anthony run one of the largest and most successful churches in Atlanta called the Oasis Family Life Church. But the success of their church also means they struggle to meet the needs of their ever-growing congregation. And, if that weren’t stressful enough, Christina and Anthony also have to wrangle their two challenging teenage daughters who are just as sassy as their mother.

I love how the publicists call a church based in Dallas in Paulding County as “Atlanta.” I guess that’s metro Atlanta, loosely speaking.

According to Nexis/Lexis, she’s 34 and lives in Douglasville.

DELANA RUTHERFORD

Delana and Myles Rutherford

Delana and Myles Rutherford

One look at DeLana singing on stage in her leather pants and spiked heels and you’ll definitely think she’s a rock star. But don’t let her rocker chick exterior fool you – she’s a First Lady through and through. DeLana and her husband Myles pastor the Worship with Wonders Church where music plays a big part in their ministry. They write their own music and perform original songs at every Sunday service. In addition to music, DeLana is passionate about helping children. She has two children of her own and often acts as a surrogate mother to young members of her congregation in need.

Their church is based in Kennesaw. It describes itself as “a non-denominational spirit-filled and on-fire church.” According to Nexis/Lexis, she’s 37 and lives in Acworth.

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57 comments Add your comment

sana

November 30th, 2012
4:22 pm

Definately looks like something that Rodney will be watching.

FM Fats

November 30th, 2012
4:45 pm

Addy C

November 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

I’ll have to share this with all my friends who are pastor’s wives. It’ll be interesting to see how these women will be portrayed … they obviously picked women who don’t fit the stereotype to be on the show. Entertainment sells :)

Jimmy

November 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

Lord Help us….Everyone wants to be famous…..

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 1st, 2012
2:02 am

I don’t see a pastor with a GOOD and LARGE Congregation allowing his Wife to even consider being on a TV show like this.

A. cheeks

December 1st, 2012
7:45 am

Christians ar real people, shouldn’t be ashamed to show the world! Love it can’t wait to watch!!!

Luther

December 1st, 2012
8:52 am

I think Jimmy is right, everyone wants to be famous, stand out in the crowed. saddly this really has nothing to do with promoting christ, but has everything to due with self. I guess its where we are as a people.

LG

December 1st, 2012
8:58 am

More evidence that God’s church is in trouble. Already these women are less than ‘first lady’ material, have poor track records, etc. They should be in church, but as first lady? Hmmm. I won’t be watching another piece of mess on TV.

All these “reality” shows are corrupting the populous; ‘fame’ is apparently something many people wish for, even when they have no talent, and the networks are willing to pay for this stuff. Sad trend in American culture.

Who are these people!

December 1st, 2012
8:59 am

Of course, these would be “first ladies” of churches we’ve never heard of.

Craig

December 1st, 2012
9:44 am

Crap! Read your bible people, get out of this worldly way of thinking. TLC is batting for the devil. So obvious……

Craig

December 1st, 2012
9:47 am

BTW…”Narrow is the road that leads to life and few will enter”……..Jesus Don’t be fooled.

MissV

December 1st, 2012
10:05 am

I wish they wouldn’t.

kelly

December 1st, 2012
10:32 am

You can tell these ae mostly trashy or damatice type women,,,

I'm not Ho

December 1st, 2012
10:41 am

I know I commented on this already. Where did it go, Rodney?

Yet another joke of a show, taking advantage of all the desperate fame-seekers of Atlanta. And you know that’s what this is. And I blame those of you that watch this nonsense. If nobody watched it, producers would stop coming to Atlanta to mine for these desperate attention seekers.

Really?

December 1st, 2012
10:46 am

Get Real

December 1st, 2012
10:50 am

I don’t care about these FAKE and PHONY women. Take their big church salaries away and I bet they would be ex-wives of preachers.

TG

December 1st, 2012
11:27 am

More fame who ring. Just wow. We are defnintely in Soddom and Gommorah days.

Re that Ivy chick, don’t care what she says, she was NOT a member of Xscape. One concert and one obscure photo does not a member make. They should not sell her as a member when she was not.

I will not be watching this show.

Another comment

December 1st, 2012
12:45 pm

This will will only give the Pope a reason not to allow Catholic Priests to Marry or women to become Priests.

But it will give us Catholics and mainline Prostestans more to laugh at these store front Evangelicals that are only out to save you ( get rich off you day one ), and preach a Prosperity mantra. Jesus was a pauper. My catholic nun aunt who had a
Phd and taught at a Universtity level donated all but $120/mo of her salary back.

atln8tiv

December 1st, 2012
1:14 pm

Great. Another show to make the people of Georgia look like idiots. Stupidity sells.

Yevette

December 1st, 2012
1:52 pm

This is sad. If I were a member of any of these ladies churches, I would be looking for another church to attend. With all the work that can be done in Atlanta to help and uplift people, why do you want to be a part of a show that will show the worse of who you, your family, and your congregation are?

TheDuchess

December 1st, 2012
4:03 pm

Whew…enough is enough. I guess if they are getting a check, well have at it then. But jeesh…homw more “reality” t.v. can there possible be! And po Ivy…I don’t think there is one person (besides Ivy) who thinks she was a member of the group. Wow…

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

December 1st, 2012
4:26 pm

Think I’ll stick to watching Honey Boo Boo over this show. :-)

anointed script

December 1st, 2012
5:01 pm

Come on, we have enough problems without the body of Christ joining the fake world of reality TV and further degrading and minimizing the cause of Christ. First ladies, preachers wives and female ministers endure enough judgement without increasing the needless exposure of the infirmities of others for personal gain. It is so easy for us to believe that God is making a way in these difficult times, but really, He is God, He does not need for us to embrace the standards of the world to demonstrate his love and concern for mankind. Ladies, really…

dreammaker

December 1st, 2012
5:02 pm

only in the south…more FAKE AND PHONEY RELIGIOUSLY HATEFUL SO CALL CHRISTIANS…AFTER 34 YEARS I LOOK FOWARD TO RETIRING TO OPEN MINDED SEATTLE,WA..TO GET OUT OF THE SOUTH UGGGGGGGH

Peggy

December 1st, 2012
5:03 pm

Look more like R&B divas……I will watch cause church folk are the worst! Everyone know the biggest hustle in the south is religion. It’s an easy way to become a millionaire while preying on the weak & stupid

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darb

December 1st, 2012
8:08 pm

Great, another show about some sort of “wifes” in Atlanta. If you read this entire story they all read to be loosers in my opinion, and I cant be alone. He comes another black eye for Atlanta.

Throw the first stone

December 1st, 2012
9:05 pm

People love to pass judgement! Get serious if you took the time to look at this entire article you know you will watch EVERY episode! Maybe if you weren’t so fake you wouldn’t be worried about any of these ladies and how they act on tv. Because I’m sure you see yourself in them. Well guess what people you can be saved too! That’s the whole point of salvation, real people, real problems, love God and stive to do the best you can!

missnadine

December 1st, 2012
10:09 pm

@darb – Burning questions for you! Why are you calling these people looser – were they tighter before and have they gotten looser? What do you mean by: “He comes another black eye for Atlanta?”. I have read your second sentence (and I use the term “sentence” loosely, or is your case you would probably say loserly) about 10 times and can’t figure out what you are trying to say. Where on earth did you go to school in order to write so poorly? Lastly – why the F**k does half the population not know the difference between loose and lose!

missnadine

December 1st, 2012
10:23 pm

Funny how these folks are called preachers when in fact 2 of these couples are really just unemployed. I am impressed by Tara’s fitness level – look at those arms! She seemed the most compelling of the group so I looked at her website, which is actually quite interesting, and her husband is also super fit! I would peg them as the power couple of the group. This show may actually be ok. I don’t like a lot of reality TV, but maybe this one may have a positive message; at least we probably won’t be subject so some has-been stripper using his organ as a drink stirrer. For those who incessantly complain about how Atlanta’s black community is portrayed on TV, maybe these folks will make you less angry.

On a related note – Rodney – you have to be the AJC’s busiest blogger! I honestly don’t know how you keep tabs on all these new shows, as well as maintain blogs on all the other shows you cover!

Whitese7en

December 1st, 2012
11:17 pm

Oh Great! More crap reality TV, just what we need.

my two cents

December 1st, 2012
11:20 pm

sounds like a money making scheme to me. wonder if jesus would have had a reality show? absolutely not. religion today is so far from what it is suppose to be. it should not be a money making business, but a place where God’s standards are taught to the people and upheld by a congregation.

when did fame come to a church? really. a reality show featuring a preachers wife is defaming the name and the purpose.

it will be interesting to see if these women will be knocking on doors and trying to teach people how to live, practice and worship God and his Son in an acceptable way.

i know rodney will let us know!

Oh no!

December 1st, 2012
11:47 pm

Why did you have to post their bankruptcies, liens, etc.? That’s pretty tacky.

SAWB

December 2nd, 2012
12:28 am

No authentic Church calls the pastor’s wife “first lady”.

Lou Skunt

December 2nd, 2012
1:30 am

Wonderful…Another show about the trailer trash of Atlanta. Just what we needed.

Squealz

December 2nd, 2012
4:15 am

Wouldn’t a reality show about the mistresses & illegitimate children of the [ahem] “Reverend” Jesse Jackson and the [ahem] “Reverend” Al Sharpton be much more entertaining?

Or would that make us all ‘racists’ and ‘haterz’ for watching?

DHD

December 2nd, 2012
7:53 am

Lots of judging going on here. Mostly just jealousy.

OldGrunt

December 2nd, 2012
8:36 am

………And we wonder why the USA has dropped so fast among the civilized world!!!!

Jon

December 2nd, 2012
9:13 am

Paul and Jan Crouch should be on this show. They have a “ministry” on Covington Highway. There’s nothing hotter than a 75-year-old woman with fake boobs, fake lashes, big pink wigs, high heels and spandex pants. That’s a reality show from Atlanta that would be a hoot.

"Chef" Tim Dix

December 2nd, 2012
9:51 am

In development:

The committed relationships of MARTA drivers and Toll takers on Ga. 400.

Sissy

December 2nd, 2012
12:18 pm

This should not be coming. It does not seems like the right thing to do. Anything for a buck. Atlanta has more to offer instead of all this ugliness that they want on tv. This will not lead no one to attending church if they think the pastor and family are just as loose as they are. You don’t have to be an old woman sitting on the pew to be the first lady, but I don’t see this looking like the right choice. It’s just as bad as Honey Bo-Bo and that stupid mess.

Yudont Nomey

December 2nd, 2012
1:07 pm

Not one of these “churches” is in the city of Atlanta. Atlanta should sue for defamation of character.

A. S. Mathew

December 2nd, 2012
4:46 pm

The “Prosperity gospel” has brainwashed the preachers and the believers. JESUS may start another whipping march as He conducted at the Temple where the merchandise business was flourishing. I am not blaming all the Churches and Pastors, but so sorry to say that high grade
materilism and commercializm have terribly penetrated in the modern church world.

Truth will set you free

December 2nd, 2012
5:31 pm

a few of these women are not telling the truth about their life, my friend went to that lady church tara lewis they started a church and stop it. they did there members like they was nothing my friends and i prayed about how they did God’s people i will tell her to take a look at this page. That women name Delana seems like she really in love with God i see it in her worship. the other women dont know to much about them but i will be watching. my friend i will share this page with her who went to that lady church. i wonder what her comment going to say

The City in a Forest

December 2nd, 2012
7:26 pm

Rodney–

Paulding County is definitely in Metro Atlanta.

Metro Atlanta, for all practical purposes, means “Atlanta” as well.

The City in a Forest

December 2nd, 2012
7:31 pm

I love Jan Crouch!

darb

December 2nd, 2012
8:58 pm

Just another “black” eye for Atlanta. Come to think about it, there are too many “black” eyes in Atlanta, and getting worse. btw, why do “black” folks feel they have to go around killing each other ? We cant build the jails fast enough.

Darbisanidiot

December 2nd, 2012
10:16 pm

Darb you are an idiot. Answer as to why Whites go around molesting each other. That was a very ignorant thing to say because all Blacks don’t kill each other no more than all Whites molest kids. Go read a book.

As for the show – another crappy reality show that’s not needed. Really – they all need to go pray!

Big Boom NY

December 3rd, 2012
7:28 am

I guess the first question is “who will be the first pastor, to be found out as on the DL.

(the other) Rodney

December 3rd, 2012
8:01 am

@ Big Boom NY – ain’t it the truth! As someone said above, ain’t no bigger hustle than religion. I’ll add to that – ain’t no bigger closet than the pulpit.