Growing up with the Bible

By Drum Digital
06 July 2017

Here’s the truth about being a preacher’s kid – from the youngsters themselves.

Having a pastor parent comes with huge expectations and living up to them isn’t easy.


Being a teenager in the ordinary world is tough enough. Now add the pressure of your every move being watched by your holier-than-thou parents, as well as their congregation and community. That’s everyday-life for the stars of Preachers Kids (season 1 of the locally filmed series is on Showmax’s catalogue and can be downloaded to your device from any WiFi hotspot and watched later).

The show reveals the truth about having a religious leader for a parent and “it is what it is,” explains cast member Siya Sangweni-Fynn. “People think that as a PK [preacher’s kid] that you are always at church and live by the Bible. But we are also human.”


Each episode focuses on one PK, their relationships with family and friends and how having the “PK” title has affected their journey to adulthood. “It is not about impressing people or trying to get followers on social media,” says Siya, adding that “for me, it is about being a positive role model to a PK who is still trying to figure out who they are”.

The cast of Preachers’ Kids are a mixture of god-fearing youngsters who are on a path towards taking over from their parents, while others are okay with missing a church service “now and then”. Siya explains that the series doesn’t only get up close and personal with the PKs as they do their work in church, “It also highlights the misconceptions that people have about PKs. It really is that: misconceptions.” That doesn’t mean that the youngsters do as they are told – they have their own outlooks on life and don’t let their parents’ views get in the way.


Muvhango fans will recognise Simphiwe Ngema in episode 1 – she plays Thuli on the soap and it’s no secret that she’s a PK. Introvert Simphiwe helps her father at his ministry and also sings in the church choir, while extrovert Baxolile “is here to make myself happy”. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t respect her father and his religion though.

In Simphiwe’s words: “People forget that you didn’t choose to be a pastor’s kid”.

Episode 2 follows varsity student Sharon Githinji, who still has a curfew. Her strict parents keep a close eye on her and don’t want her to have a boyfriend. For now, it’s studies first and then settling down.

In Sharon’s words: “Being a PK is tough. It’s like being any other teen out there, just with more pressure to be ‘perfect’.”

Siya Sangweni Fynn is under the spotlight in episode 4. He’s a flamboyant radio DJ who knows that not matter what is thrown his way, he can rely on his family for support. He has a brother-like bond with his pastor father – they go for fully vegan dinners together – and Siya knows that he won’t be judged “because I don’t attend church every single Sunday. Saying a little morning prayer or giving thanks where need be is more than enough”.

In Siya’s words: “They [outsiders] are always going to talk. They are always going to have something [to say].”

And episode 5 zooms in on self-proclaimed party queen Pinky Shange, who has been a “church girl” since she was a baby. She prays in the morning, in the evening and even before meals, but despite being told not to drag her father’s church through the mud, when Pinky wants to party, nothing will stop her.

In Pinky’s words: “People expect you to be the holy type. As a pastor’s kid, you don’t do wrong as if we’re not human or something.”

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