Juanita Bynum Returns to Conference Stage

Self-declared prophetess emerges after domestic abuse court case and TV circuit.

"This too shall pass," Pentecostal teacher Juanita Bynum wrote to fans after months of intense media attention following a 2007 parking-lot assault by her husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks. Now, it appears it has.

Renaming herself "Juanita Bynum II" on her website, Bynum has signaled a return to speaking at conferences for Christian women. Now, with media attention swinging her way once more, the question is how—and how long—Bynum, who first gained notability for drawing large crowds at T. D. Jakes's "Woman, Thou Art Loosed" conferences, will be defined by her past.

In a strange case of symmetry, last month Paula White, a high-profile Pentecostal teacher whose marriage unraveled around the same time as Bynum's, made news when she took the helm of Without Walls International Church in Tampa, Florida. The two break-ups made headlines in part because they seemed to reveal a pattern, leading Charisma and Time magazines to ask, "Is Marriage Still Sacred?" and "Are Mega-Preachers Scandal ...

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Posted:August 31, 2009
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