Drugs, Partying and Teen Motherhood: 'Preachers' Daughters' Exposes Faith-Based Family Struggles Behind the Pulpit

PHOTO: Olivia Perry, 18, holds her 11-month-old daughter Eden. Both are featured in an upcoming Lifetime reality TV series, "Preachers Daughters," about the struggles of faith-based families.PlayABC News
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If you believe that following the seemingly humdrum life of churchgoing families wouldn't hit the entertaining reality TV mark, your faith in television is about to be tested.

"Preachers' Daughters" tells the real -- and at times jarringly lustful -- stories of three preachers' daughters and their pastor parents' struggles to rein them in. The show premieres on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

In an interview with "Nightline," seemingly typical teenager Olivia Perry from Oceano, Calif., offered a healthy dose of what it's like to grow up with everyone thinking you must be "good."

"When I say, 'Oh yeah, my dad is a pastor, they are like, 'Oh, OK, you must be the good girl,' or 'you don't do anything wrong,'" she said.

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Anxious to prove her classmates wrong and fit in, Perry spent a good chunk of her teenage years living a life filled with "sin."

"I was hanging out with the wrong people, doing drugs, drinking, going to parties all the time, seeing boys, doing things with boys," she said. "I honestly loved the reaction that I would get when I would be like, 'Yeah, my dad is a pastor,' and people would be like, 'Oh my gosh, you're a pastor's kid and you're at a party.'"

In a very unchurchlike but perhaps very reality-TV-like moment, Perry's straying from her faith, and her parents came with a most unexpected consequence: The 18-year-old is now a single mother living in her parents' house with her 11-month-old daughter, Eden.

Perry said her life, despite being turned into a reality show, is finally back on track thanks to one unforgettable weekend fueled by drugs and alcohol.

"I got my license suspended after I got in the car accident, and then the next day I found out that I was pregnant," she said. "It was just a weekend of 'whoa.'"

Today, Perry's parents see baby Eden as only a blessing, but getting to that point, watching their daughter stray so far, wasn't easy for them.

"I never questioned my own faith," said her father, Pastor Mark Perry of Everyday Church. "I felt sad ... disappointed with Olivia's choices, but I would say my faith really helped me get through that."

But when his daughter told him she was pregnant, he said he couldn't help but take a hard look at himself.

"I don't think any parent could watch their kids so through difficulty and not go, 'Did I contribute to this?'" he said.

"Preachers' Daughters" is filled with these sorts of tough family struggles. In another family on the show, Ken Coleman, the pastor of City of Refuge Pentecostal Church in Lockport, Ill., is worried that his daughter Taylor will turn into a porn star. And then there is Nikita Koloff, a former WWE wrestler-turned evangelist preacher, who embarrasses her daughter Kolby with a sex sermon.

In an upcoming episode, Olivia Perry and her family face the uncomfortable moment when she has to tell her parents she isn't sure of the identity of her baby's father.

And the critics are pouncing already.

A group called "One Million Moms" is calling for a boycott of the show before it has even aired a single episode, saying in a statement: "This program is not only offensive to pastors, their daughters and families all across the country, but to all Christians ... to publicize someone's struggles for a buck and belittle pastors' daughters in the process is despicable."

The Perry family strongly disagrees. It believes showing off its missteps will help others with their own challenges.

"We will be judged, but we are walking out our Christianity," said Olivia's mother, Cheryl Perry. "We're showing love, we're accepting, we're forgiving."

"I don't mind being accountable for the decisions I make or the things that I do," Mark Perry said. "But I think judgment from afar, you know, it's unfortunate in our culture -- we have a culture where cowardly people can become very brave behind a laptop computer."

Olivia Perry is now enrolled in community college, she has a job and said having Eden was the best thing that could have happened to her. She said she is no longer embarrassed to be a preacher's daughter either.

"I'm proud of it now," she said." I love that I'm a Preachers' daughter now. I don't want to prove it wrong or rebel against that label. I'm OK with it."