PREACHERS OF ATLANTA -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pastor LeAndria Johnson, Pastor Canton Jones, Pastor Judah Swilley, Pastor Corey Hambrick, Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier -- (Photo by: Clay Patrick McBride/Oxygen)
Gay pastor’s son to star in ‘Preachers of Atlanta’ reality series
The younger Swilley has been adamant in his support of his father since coming out, telling Georgia Voice at the time that “people who have extreme religious beliefs” take different scriptures out of context and that, “People need to realize that morality has nothing to do with sexuality. There are gay people with great morals and straight people with horrible morals. The idea of being gay is immoral has to go. In people’s minds, for some reason they can’t understand how you can be gay and a Christian.”
Pastor Swilley’s views should make for some interesting debates with his co-stars on “Preachers of Atlanta,” which will include Pastor Corey Hambrick of The Life Church Christian Center, Pastor Le’Andria Johnson of I.P.C. (Imperfect People Changing) Ministries, Pastor Canton Jones of Free Life Church and Pastor Kimberly Jones-Pothier of Church of the Harvest.
Judah Swilley grew up in the ministry and is a fifth-generation preacher. He recently launched a new church called The Movement, where he pastors full-time at weekly worship services, hoping to inspire youth to come back to the church. Judah feels that people, particularly youth, are hungry for God, but are done with the “division of religion.” His goal is to bring people from all walks of life together in a mission to change the world. By presenting God in a loving light and relevant way, he feels that this next generation will fall in love with God the way he did so long ago.
Prior to starting The Movement, Judah served as Youth Pastor of Church In The Now for six years and grew the ministry to one of the largest youth outreaches in the Atlanta area. Judah travels to churches, conferences, and schools across the country to share his story and spread the love of Christ in a real and radical way. In addition to ministry, music has been one of Judah’s premiere passions since he was just five years old. At 12, he released his first album and has since released many records that have received national attention, with his music being featured on numerous news channels, radio stations, and media outlets.