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Five are African American like Gibson, and then there’s a token white guy – introduced at the insistence of the network – but all are outlandish characters who preach the prosperity gospel, that quintessentially American strain of Christianity that maintains that you can pray yourself rich, that bling equates with blessings and it’s OK to flaunt it too, all the better to advertise what God can do. ” says Gibson, trotting out one of his favourite lines. And now, 30 years on, he is a millionaire pastor, married to his childhood sweetheart whom he grandly calls “The First Lady Le Vette”.