Appearing Live in Mesquite: Pastor Melissa Scott

Next Tuesday night promises some of the most, uh, interesting entertainment imaginable around here. No, I’m not talking about the election and all the after-parties. I’m talking about one Pastor Melissa Scott, who is scheduled to appear that evening (and Wednesday night) at the Family Cathedral of Praise in Mesquite. According to the big ads in The Dallas Morning News, this will be Pastor Melissa’s “only Texas appearance” this year.

You may have run across the willowy brunette who claims to speak 20 languages on religious TV. She’s the widow of the late Dr. Gene Scott, a super-wealthy “shock jock” televangelist from L.A. who used to sit in front of a chalkboard and transfix audiences with bat-crazy rants about the Bible, UFOs, and his ex-wife. But, here’s the kicker: Pastor Melissa, according to news accounts, was once a porn star known as Barbie Bridges. She adamantly denies that, though, and doesn’t like to talk about the subject. So, since she’s sometimes surrounded by a dozen bodyguards, I wouldn’t recommend bringing “Barbie” up, if you attend the free services next week.

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