Televangelist's Husband Admits Attacking Her

Founder of Global Destiny churches pleads guilty to assault
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 2:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – The husband of Pentecostal televangelist Juanita Bynum pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting her and was sentenced to three years probation. Thomas W. Weeks III, the founder of Global Destiny churches, admitted grabbing Bynum, throwing her down and kicking her in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel in August, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.  Weeks apologized to his wife in court.

“My emotions got the best of me,” he said. “I take responsibility.” Bynum had urged the court not to send Weeks to jail. “I don’t believe my husband is a criminal,” Bynum said. The couple married in 2002 in a televised ceremony and together wrote the book, “Teach Me How to Love You: The Beginnings.” (Read more Thomas W. Weeks III stories.)