Big Bethel A.M.E. Church gave Fani Willis the pulpit: Now she must testify against married lover

Image source: Atlanta, Georgia government website.

On Sunday, January 14, 2024, the Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta hosted a worship service to celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy. The guest speaker for the service was Fani Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney who is leading the criminal case against former President Donald Trump and 14 others for election fraud in Georgia. 

Willis used the opportunity to defend her hiring of private attorney Nathan Wade as the lead prosecutor in the case, and to suggest that those who questioned his ability were being unfair and possibly racist.


Willis made no mention of the fact that she has been involved in a sexual affair with Wade.

However, Willis’ appearance at the church has raised some eyebrows and questions, as she is currently facing allegations of having a sexual affair with Wade, who is still married to his wife, Joycelyn Wade. 

Joycelyn Wade has provided evidence of their affair to the Department of Justice, including their marital bank statements that show the misuse of taxpayer funds for their hotel stays and other expenses. She has also accused Wade of leaving her destitute, hiding how much he was earning, and spending lavishly on trips with Willis. 



Many people are wondering how the pastors of the Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, Rev. John H. Vaughn and Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, justified their decision to invite Willis to speak from that church’s sacred pulpit, while knowing about Willis and Wade carrying on a torrid affair and recognizing the potential legal and ethical consequences Fani Willis’ speech “from the pulpit” could entail.

The public is also curious to know what criteria the pastors used to select Willis as a guest speaker, and whether these pastors ever consulted with their congregation or other church authorities (such as the Elders) before inviting Fani Willis to perform what is now deemed a spectacle from the church’s pulpit.

Fani Willis far left, Nathan Wade, far right

The Big Bethel A.M.E. Church is the oldest African-American congregation in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Atlanta, and it is the mother church of A.M.E. in North Georgia. It has a long history of social justice and civil rights activism, and it has hosted many prominent figures, such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., Rev. Jesse Jackson, and former President Barack Obama. The church is also known for its progressive and inclusive stance on various issues, such as LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, and environmental justice.

However, some people may argue that the church’s decision to invite Willis to speak at their pulpit contradicts its own values and teachings, especially regarding the sanctity of marriage and the importance of honesty and integrity.

Many are also questioning the church’s credibility and influence as a moral and spiritual leader in the community, and whether it is giving preference to the party who is in the wrong, according to their own faith’s practices due to Willis’ political power and position.

Many also wonder how the church’s congregation feels about the decision, and whether they support or oppose it.

The pastors of the Big Bethel A.M.E. Church have not commented publicly on their decision to invite Willis to speak from their pulpit, or on the allegations of her affair with Wade.

The pastors have not responded to the FOIA request sent to them by SNN.BZ’s Editorial staff offering them the opportunity to make a statement by last night.

They may have their own reasons and justifications for their decision, and they may have followed their own conscience and discernment. However, many people are still waiting for an explanation from them, and they may have to face some criticism and scrutiny from their peers and the public.

Michael Roman, on the left, and Fani Willis, on the right© Provided by Law & Crime

They may also have to deal with the possible repercussions of their decision, such as losing some members or donors, or facing legal challenges or investigations.

The sexual affair allegations involving Willis and Wade have already caused a lot of controversy and drama in the criminal case against Trump and others, and they may also have an impact on the church and its reputation. 

The case is still ongoing, and the judge has ordered a re-opening of the original discovery. The affair allegations may also affect the personal and professional lives of Willis and Wade, and their families and friends.

The situation is complex and sensitive, and it may require a lot of wisdom and compassion to handle it. We can only hope that the truth will prevail, and that justice will be served.