Most people know Rich Wilkerson Jr., a junior preacher at Miami Garden's Trinity Church, from the endless Internet coverage of the Kanye West and Kim Kardashian wedding. Amid the shower of news surrounding the nuptials, Buzzfeed and other sites kept swooning over the surprisingly hot man of God who married the couple in May.
Now Rich, the son of Rich Wilkerson Sr., a former TBN televangelist who has turned Trinity Church into a non-denominational Christian megachurch, is getting his own TV show. Launching on Tuesday, October 7, Oxygen is rebranding with five shows targeting young, modern women, including The Wilkersons, starring our own Pastor Rich.
Oxygen representatives say The Wilkersons (a working title), will show how Wilkerson, along with his wife DawnCheré, reach out to young people to spread the gospel. The Wilkerson family uses unconventional methods to being people to service, with Rich promising to pull off stunts at the church for its Tuesday night young adult program. In addition to vowing to eat a cockroach last year, Rich had his head shaved and has been Tasered live on stage.
"If [eating] a cockroach will get them in there, then I'm willing to do that," Wilkerson told New Times in 2013. "I'll do just anything to get people to [have] an opportunity to meet Jesus."
Sounds like the ideal platform for a wholesome, yet odd, reality show. Executive producers include E! stars Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy, along with Rich Wilkerson.
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"Producing this show has been a dream of mine, I'm thrilled that Oxygen has given us this platform," Kennedy told E! News. "Rich and DawnCheré are some of the most fascinating people I've ever been around. I can't believe we get to finally share their story with the world."
Look for a feature story on Pastor Rich in next week's issue of New Times.