At the age of 56, Donnie McClurkin is jumping the broom, with a female! The lady is none other than fellow gospel singer Nicole C. Mullen. The engagement news was announced Thursday night on TBN’s long-running “Praise the Lord” ministry show when hosts Matt Crouch and his wife, Laurie, were joined by guests Reverend Doctor A.R. Bernard and McClurkin and Bernard revealed that he would be giving McClurkin marriage counseling.
In a documentary, McClurkin revealed he had been raped repeatedly by his uncle starting at age 8 and then raped by the same uncle’s son at 13 years and has dated men in the past. McClurkin said that due to that sexual abuse, he had struggled with homosexuality. He also said that he had rejected that lifestyle: “I’ve been through this and have experienced God’s power to change my lifestyle. I am delivered and I know God can deliver others, too.”
“I have a lot of great things, but I don’t have a good thing, and there’s a favor that can only come through marriage to a man,” he continued.
The New York-based minster talked about spending his nights watching Cartoon Network until 2 a.m. and confessed that he has come to realize the missing part of his existence is to have a helpmate.
“To have someone that I can love. I’m not saying to love me, ’cause there’s a lot of people that love me. I want someone that I can love, heal and comfort, protect and secure. That’s what I want,” he said.
Well praise God,” McClurkin said. “Honestly, the only thing in my life that is missing is marriage. The only thing that is missing in my life that can cause real family, is marriage. Financially I’m there, spiritually I’m almost there, emotionally I’m getting it together, but the only thing that’s missing out of everything that I’m doing locally, cross country and globally is that aspect that makes family, family — is that wife that would make man whole, that element that brings favor to man.”
The pastor went on to quote Proverbs 18:22. The verse says “he who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord.” And that is what McClurkin says he’s looking forward to in this season of his life.
McClurkin says he and Mullen have known each other for 15 years and had time to chat when they were seated next to each other on a flight to the Ivory Coast during which they spoke for eight hours.
Mullen was previously married to CCM singer-songwriter David Mullen before they announced their divorce in 2014. McClurkin has never been married, he is a single father of two. No date has been set.
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source: 1 of 19
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 2 of 19
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source: 3 of 19
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source: 4 of 19
5. A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 5 of 19
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 6 of 19
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 7 of 19
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source: 8 of 19
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source: 9 of 19
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source: 10 of 19
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source: 11 of 19
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source: 12 of 19
13. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source: 13 of 19
14. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source: 14 of 19
15. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel’s first service since the Charleston shooting.Source: 15 of 19
16. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source: 16 of 19
17. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source: 17 of 19
18. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church’s first service since the shooting on June 17.Source: 18 of 19
19. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source: 19 of 19