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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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