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Pastors Who are Addicted to Alcohol and Cocaine

THE PIPE IN THE PULPIT
by
Pia Marie Winters Jordan

LOGLINE
Based on a true story, an inner city pastor struggles to keep his life together and lead his church while hiding his addiction to cocaine and alcohol.

SYNOPSIS
Based on true events, this screenplay is the story of the pastor of a mainline denominational inner city church who is addicted to cocaine without the knowledge of his wife or parishioners. Late night visits to the drug dealer…Shooting alley rats from the parsonage…A foiled suicide attempt…A near-fall by his infant son under his care …and a promise to kill his wife if she tells his bishop…His wife promises not to reveal his secret as long as he seeks help. He is unable to maintain his sobriety and his wife proceeds to make arrangements to take their infant son and leave him. However, a counselor to ministers suffering from substance abuse encourages her that her husband is salvageable and they plan a surprise "intervention" where those who love him and employ him confront him with his destructive actions before he "hits bottom.” The husband decides to go into a treatment center to face his “demons.” He then finds “confession is good for the soul,” but will church members be forgiving?

ABOUT THE SCREENWRITER
Pia Winters Jordan is a seeking an agent, producer or investors to help turn her award-winning screenplay, winner of a Maryland Arts Council award, into a movie. She is a retired associate professor from Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication in Baltimore, Maryland. She taught news writing, reporting and producing newscasts. She was an advisor to the university’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She has worked in journalism in institutional and commercial television and radio for nearly 40 years. She is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, College of Journalism and American University's School of Communication. During her career, she has been a mentor to more than 50 high school and college journalists. She has written, anchored and hosted more than hundreds of radio/television newscasts and public affairs programs. In addition to teaching, she is producing a multi-media documentary on the nurses stationed with the Tuskegee Airmen in Alabama during World War II. Her mother was one of the nurses.