Joliet’s own Taylor Coleman and her pastor family returns to TV this Wednesday with the season two premiere of Lifetime network’s docu-drama, “Preachers’ Daughters.”
To coincide with Wednesday night’s premiere, the 18-year-old actress is throwing a meet-and-greet screening party at The Department, 205 N. Chicago St. in Joliet, where the public can meet Coleman and two actresses also featured on the show.
“Preachers’ Daughters,” which premiered in 2013, revolves around the lives of four preacher families, including Coleman, and her father, Ken, a pastor at City of Refuge Pentecostal Church in Lockport.
The series takes a behind-the-altar look into each of the daughter’s lives, including Coleman as she struggles to maintain freedom while growing up in a strict household and amid the watchful eyes of the church.
Coleman said Monday the show also hits home another point: That her family is like any other family.
“We chose to keep going with the second season because we’ve received a lot of positive feedback from people who said the show helped them with their kids and their families in talking about issues,” Coleman said. “We’re a normal family, a faith-based family, but we still have issues just like everyone else.”
On the show, Coleman can be seen partying behind her parents’ backs and dating boys her family wouldn’t otherwise approve of, while other teen girls on the show deal with drug use, underage drinking and pregnancy.
Despite the show’s controversy, Coleman said season two also will document how she and her father have grown closer since his rare genetic disorder – Nephrotic Syndrome – took a turn for the worst last year.
“It hit him really hard not too long ago,” she said. “He went from being really healthy to really sick. It’s been really hard on us right now. He does dialysis right now and needs a kidney transplant. The producers have been really understanding.”
With her father in need of a kidney transplant, the family has set up a fund at kencolemankidneyfund.com.
“My dad and I are closer than ever and spend a lot of time together because you never know when. I truly love my dad,” she said. “He wants the best for me, and we’re growing together as father and daughter.”
If You Go
What: “Preachers’ Daughters” meet-and-greet screening party with season two premiere screening
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday
Where: The Department, 205 N. Chicago St., Joliet