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Before releasing her debut album, Morning Glory, Vol. 1: Peace in 1999, Juanita Bynum had lived in various places around the country working at various jobs, none of which involved either music or religion. Though she had grown up in a Pentecostal family in Chicago, it wasn't until 1990 when she moved to New York that she began preaching. Realizing that this was her calling, she started giving sermons and talks in churches around the nation, wrote books, founded Juanita Bynum Ministries, and released more albums, including 2000's Morning Glory, Vol. 2: Be Still and 2006's Piece of My Passion, which was issued on her own label, Flow Records.
Juanita Bynum (born January 16, 1959) is an American Pentecostal televangelist, author, actress and gospel singer.
Bynum is one of five children, from the marriage of Elder Thomas Bynum Sr. and Katherine Bynum. She grew up in Chicago, and received a starring role in Perry Middle School's annual play, My Fair Lady. Bynum attended Saints' Academy Church of God in Christ (COGIC) High School (a boarding school) in Lexington, Mississippi. She was raised as an attendee at St. Luke Church of God in Christ, in Chicago, a Pentecostal church."A call to preach". Juanita Bynum official web site. Archived from the original on 2002-12-15.
After Bynum graduated from high school, she started preaching in nearby churches and at revivals. Gaining some recognition at this point, she began a series of what she calls "Lessons in Submission".
In 1996 Bishop T.D. Jakes invited Bynum to attend one of his singles' conferences, where she rose from attendee to speaker in two years. In 1997, she released "No More Sheets," a video and audiotape series about her changed sexual lifestyle. In July 1999, Bynum re-preached "No More Sheets" at Jakes' 52,000 attendee Woman, Thou Art Loosed! Conference in Atlanta. She began appearing regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. The conference was viewed in many parts of the world
In 2000, Bynum taught a class on the subjects of character, submission and time management at New Greater Bethel Ministries in Jamaica, New York, attended by a class of approximately 70 women. While teaching, her Women's Weapons of Power Conference was organized. The Weapons of Power conference was held annually through 2006.
Bynum was wrongfully arrested and jailed in April 2013 for failing to appear in court for a civil proceeding against her following her failure to pay $140,000 to ALW Entertainment that was mandated in a 2007 legal judgment.
Bynum was first married in the early 1980s, but the marriage ended in divorce. Bynum says that she suffered domestic abuse in that marriage, but that she had "made a vow that I would not talk about that situation because it was over 20 years ago." Bynum married Thomas Wesley Weeks, III in 2002.
Early on August 22, 2007, Bynum was beaten by her husband, who eventually pled guilty to aggravated assault charges. Weeks was given three years probation, 200 hours of non-church-related community service, and ordered to attend anger management counseling. In June 2008 Bynum and Weeks were divorced.