Posted at 10:00 AM Jun 23, 2009By Jennifer Mathieu
Do you know who I'm talking about? The long-haired, sexy pastor/widow who was once married to the late Dr. Gene Scott, a cigar-smoking, screaming television evangelist who regularly cursed out his followers and demanded their money out of his church in Los Angeles. (He definitely deserves his own WTF?)
Now Pastor Melissa is having her day, swishing across the stage, breaking down Bible verses into strange languages and talking in circles until she literally makes my brain hurt. The whiteboards that litter her stage are filled with writing in foreign languages, and she loves to circle words with her colored markers and nod wisely and toss back her hair. (Despite her claim that she is fluent in twenty languages, I've never seen her write in anything other than English - the foreign words are already on the board when the camera starts rolling. Hmm.)
To add to the mystery, Marie Claire writer Gretchen Voss recently published a startling piece that seems to suggest the holy woman is actually a former porn star who once went by the name Barbie Bridges and was one of Dr. Gene Scott's "pony girls." (Read the article to understand because I really don't want to get into it.)
The weird thing is, Melissa hasn't actually denied the rumors. ("You defend that, what else do you start defending?" she told Voss.) She just preaches on, wearing her stiff ministerial collars and circling all the big words on her board. She's lovely to look at, but she definitely deserves a WTF?