VIDEO: Bishop Paul Morton on ‘Secret’ Daughter: ‘I Have Made Some Major Mistakes’

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  • Last week Obnoxious TV posted a story with claims that pastor and award-winning gospel recording artist Bishop Paul S. Morton had a secret child.

    The site accused the 62-year-old preacher of having a 39-year-old daughter name Ane’tra Hawkins that he “did not claim” for more of her life. He is also being accused of denying his daughters existence years ago in fear of jeopardizing his plan to become a pastor.

    ObnoxiousTV included photos of his alleged daughter Ane’tra and legal documents in their post to support their claims.

    Now Bishop Morton is speaking out to Jawn Murray’s AlwaysAList.com to defend himself.

    “While in my early 20’s, prior to pastoring and being married, I did have a very short-lived relationship with a Ms. Elaine Hawkins. A few months after the relationship, she informed me she was expecting a child,” Bishop Morton recalled.

    The daughter she was expecting is now 39-year-old Ane’tra, who he provided financial support for. His family, including his three children and wife Dr. Debra B. Morton who is also a pastor, were aware of his other child all along.

    “I wish I could tell you that I did right all my life, but I can’t. I have made some major mistakes and this is one of them,” Bishop Morton said about having unwed sex as a young preacher.

    Ane’tra supplied the documents to ObnoxiousTV which shows that when she turned 15, her mother asked for financial support. Bishop Morton had the courts institute a legal agreement to determine the financial commitment that he would be required to make until she turned 18.

    It wasn’t until Ane’tra was 18 that the preacher decided to ask for a DNA test after, “additional financial requests were made and threats of public exposure.” Ane’tra’s mother denied the request and as a result, Bishop Morton decided that “all contact and financial support” would end.

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    41 thoughts on “VIDEO: Bishop Paul Morton on ‘Secret’ Daughter: ‘I Have Made Some Major Mistakes’

    1. He can say a lot of things – “he corrected it”… Until he makes persistent and consistent effort to have a real live relationship with his daughter and her family, he’s done nothing… “His wife n kids know”… Bull! And the tabloids wanna kno why she coming forward nw… That girl gonna b in hurt til she die… Ur daddy too ashamed to talk about you to more than 5 people…. So sad. Ok. I’m done now

    2. I just think its unfortunate he went for so many yrs casting off his child as a mistake and completely ignoring the pain she must have felt without a father… As a minister he shud know that fatherhood is more than “financial support”… Especially if you only provided such for three years and you had to be asked for it. How wud u feel if ur daddy waited til u were 15 to support you (financially only) through the judicial system?? Smh… God can and will forgive but I think a body needs to know and admit the wrong… I’m not sure he understands the hurt he left that child. P.S. Why the baby mamma don’t wanna do the paternity test tho?? Hmmm… No excuse for him though

    3. As a man of God the Bishop knows that what he made was not a “mistake” but he committed sin. Why talk about God forgiving him when God does not forgive mistakes, God forgives sin. To pay child support for three years does not fix not having a father involved in your life for many years. Plus you cut off all contact with your grandchildren who have done nothing?

    4. Consider this. Reason with me people. Christianity is a ‘Belief System’ that was born out of a theft. Once it was stolen, it was remixed and given back to the ones who owned the MYTHOLOGICAL story.My Point? The message of today’s churches is toxic to the African mind and needs to be changed. The god of the bible is the god that they gave us, not the GOD that we had.

    5. What!!! You mean to say that preachers lie, cheat and steal before they get their preaching job of lieing, cheating and stealing? I’m shocked (not)

    6. THey all fall short , we all do, pastor’s minister’s bishop’s they all have faults ,, they just try real hard to keep things quiet because they are to concerned with Image.

      Its not about teaching the WORD ” anymore its just about there image.and there parking spaces.
      and being in the public eye, THEY LOVE IT,

    7. JESUS was born out-of-wedlock was NOT a “mistake”; King Solomon was born out-of-wedlock was NOT recognized by GOD as a “mistake.” Where the pastor says he made a “mistake” in the past is EQUAL to saying his daughter is a “mistake” is a death-blow and/or of the devil. GOD teaches us that no child born on GOD’s Earth is a “mistake”, whether born out-of-wedlock or born during marriage.

    8. No Child Born On GOD’s Earth is a “Mistake”: Where the Bishop says ‘he made a mistake in the past’ is EQUAL to saying his daughter is a “mistake” is of the devil, because Jesus was born out-of-wedlock was NOT a “mistake; King Solomon was born out-of-wedlock was NOT recognized by GOD as a “mistake.”

    9. Did he ask for DNA test on his other kids that he has with his wife? Why not test all the kids to make sure they are yours not just one? You might be surprised the ones you think are yours might not be. If you have doubt about one, the pastor probably has doubt about all his kids.

        • It is called reality. Children are not mistakes. Hopefully, the pastor tuned into to OWN and watched Fatherless Daughters Part I and II. Maybe he will understand that money can not buy a father’s love for his daughter. He needs to treat all his kids the same. Every time, he got up in the pulpit to thank his wife and kids, he should have included this daughter too in family pictures and etc. A man of God is expected to love all his kids the same. Again, kids are not mistakes.

    10. Those same people that profess love, support, and forgiveness for the pastor, harbor hate and racism for Zimmerman. Hypocrites one and all

    11. I think it was so selfish of him to say his daughter actions were financially motivated. What can she get the limitation is out on his child support. The shame to me is not in him having a child out of wedlock ” youthful descretion” but to deny this child. I know whe is hurt and just want him to acknowledge her. Not as a mistake but as his child. But he is so self absorbed that he continue to label her as a mistake. You sir are the sinner, GREED made you deny your child. WoW!

    12. I don’t get what all the hoopla is about(?) So what!! Preacher, pastor, and the average Jill, and Joe has had pre-marital sex.

    13. Maybe she’s trying to force his hand. The bishop still doesn’t get it. He’s so busy focusing on the relationship with the woman that may or may not have resulted in a child that he’s overlooking the obvious. Maybe she wants a relationship with her father. He should contact her and agree to a DNA test and see what happens. If she’s not his daughter then both them can move on.

      To me it’s not what he did as much as it is about what he didn’t do.

      • I don’t know this man, but in response to your comment:
        He wanted the DNA test, her mother wouldn’t agree to. If your child threatened to expose you for anything, how would you feel toward them. In her 30′s she made a conscientious decision to handle it by going to a gossip company. It doesn’t look like she was interested in a relationship, just hurting him. She wasn’t being denied. People in his inner circle, according to the article, knew about her. Also, he was financially responsible. He may could have played more of a role, but it doesn’t sound like he was a dead beat dad.

    14. Seems to me there are several wrongs here. If the mother of this young lady was so sure she was the Bishops daughter, why refuse the DNA test? Why did the Bishop wait until the young lady was 15 before taking care of his obligations? (That is if he believed her to be his child.) Why did the young lady wait til she was 39 to bring this forward? (Was she waiting on her mother to pass?) And lastly, money aside, what about the relationship between a father and a daughter. Seems he never really believed her to be his child. This really pretty sad for all involved…

      • You:
        Paying child support for 3 yrs then cutting off contact is NOT correcting your mistakes.
        The article:
        The daughter she was expecting is now 39-year-old Ane’tra, who he provided financial support for.
        Comment:
        Read with an understanding. I hope you didn’t spread that misinformation, today.

        • Also, let your child threaten you in any shape, form, or fashion and let me know how you will react. Black parents don’t put up with that.

    15. The Bishop missed a grand opportunity to be a powerful influence in his daughter’s life as well as his grandchildren. All actions are not motivated by money as he and advisors claim it to be and three years of financial support is shameful. Maybe Ms. Hawkins just wants to know who she is, her family, etc. It makes you wonder what he tells his members when they were faced with this same problem. Bishop practice what you preach.

      • The article :
        *The daughter she was expecting is now 39-year-old Ane’tra, who he provided financial support for.
        *His family, including his three children and wife Dr. Debra B. Morton who is also a pastor, were aware of his other child all along.
        *Ane’tra supplied the documents to ObnoxiousTV.
        * preacher decided to ask for a DNA test after, “additional financial requests were made and threats of public exposure.”
        You:
        Maybe Ms. Hawkins just wants to know who she is, her family, etc.

        My comment: If his family knew about her, it is possible that she has had an opportunity to get to know them. He provided financial support for her. The mother and 18 year old (adult) tried to blackmail him into giving more money once the court order had been completed. She supplied documents to a group called Obnoxious TV. Does it really sound like she is seeking a relationship?

      • Tim, GOD did not tell you HE forgave the Bishop, especially by virtue of the fact the Bishop sees a child of GOD as a “mistake” which is an additional sin against GOD, especially, being a man-of-the-cloth.

    16. Have the DNA test done. If she is in fact Bishop Morgan’s daughter, she should be included as a
      member of his family.

    17. I wonder if he spoke to his congregation about being a good parent to all of your children. The only shame to this is the fact that he was embarrassed about having a child instead of allowing her to be a part of his family and not just another bill….

        • People never think about that. They always assume and blame the man.

    18. “I know what the devil is trying to do, he wants to take my influence,” he explained. “I know that I have been living a Godly life for God.”
      0.o
      Sir, this is not the devil. These are your actions for which you have to own the consequences. I hate hate HATE when people blame the devil instead of owning up to what they have done. It’s insulting to people who actually have remorse for their wrongs and try to correct them. Paying child support for 3 yrs then cutting off contact is NOT correcting your mistakes.

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    20. Like I have always said a man is suppose to keep his thang in his pants DURING a marriage. Wow this makes being single looks better and better.

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