In 2007, Pastor Jamal Bryant acknowledged he had a 7-year-old daughter from an extramarital affair, after the girl’s mother filed for an increase in child support payments. In 2008, Bryant’s wife Gizelle filed for divorce, accusing him of adultery and cruel treatment.
In 2007, Bryant was investigated by leaders at his Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore after rumors surfaced of a past affair with a teenaged church member who became pregnant. Bryant eventually admitted he fathered a daughter, Naomi, in 2001.
Bryant founded the Empowerment Temple AME in 1999, and as of 2015, the church has more than 10,000 members. Bryant also has thousands of followers on social media, and he hosts a radio and television program, “Power for Life,” which is broadcast across the United States, England, the Caribbean and Africa.