“I was beaten. That’s not how you treat a child,” in A&E Network’s trailer for The Devil Next Door.
The six-part docuseries gives a voice to former members of the deeply secretive North Carolina-based World of Faith Fellowship Church as they open up about the alleged abuse they endured at the hands of the church.
The first-hand accounts also showcase their efforts to convince loved ones still inside the church that it’s time to break free by banding together through community outreach forums, enlisting the help of the local media and working alongside the federal government as the town of Spindale, N.C. has become the epicenter of a criminal investigation.
Former members of the church have reported allegations of physical and mental child abuse, forced labor, intimidation and separate of the children from their parents, as the Word of Faith Fellowship Church denies any wrongdoing and affirms to be a devout Christian church.
“A&E Network prides itself in finding truth and conviction through powerful storytelling,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E, in a statement. “The victims of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church have shocking and timely first-hand accounts that need to be shared and A&E is proud to provide them this very necessary platform so we can ensure their voices will be heard.”
The series is produced for A&E by Collins Avenue. Jeff Collins, Lindsay Schwartz, Michael Hammond and Francis Gasparini serve as executive producers for Collins Avenue. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Amy Savitsky, Marcie Hume and David Doss serve as executive producers for A&E Network, and A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights.
The Devil Next Door premieres November 27 at 10 p.m. on A&E.