Set in a Southern evangelical megachurch and focused on the intertwining lives of three women, Pastors' Wives was inspired by an article Cullen reported while she was a staff writer for Time.
Candace Green is the “first lady” of Greenleaf, a mega-church in Atlanta that boasts a flock of 20,000. Her husband, Aaron, is a charismatic beacon and the leader of a groundbreaking inter-faith movement. The force behind the throne and the true CEO of Greenleaf’s complex enterprises, she is at once a polished, graceful force and brilliant strategic mind . . . but behind the steely façade, even she wrestles with the question that plagues every seeker: what is my true purpose?
Ginger Green was saved by love. A strikingly beautiful redhead with a trailer-park past, she fell in love with the beloved second son of Aaron and Candace and never looked back. Now married to a young pastor whose perpetual missions to disaster-beset countries have left her isolated and adrift, she struggles to be the perfect Christian mother and wife . . . the kind that Candace Green expects of a pastor’s spouse. But will Ginger’s failings—and a secret past—destroy the very marriage that once saved her?
Ruthie Matters is a lapsed New Jersey Catholic who finds herself asking, What do you do when the man you married decides to marry God? Married to her theology-major college sweetheart, she is blindsided when her Wall Street husband suddenly awakens to “the call.” When Jerry is hired as a financial advisor and associate pastor at Greenleaf, it is Ruthie’s faith – in Jerry, and in their love for each other – that compels her to follow. Immersed in a culture as foreign as any remote country’s, she nonetheless finds herself absorbed into Greenleaf’s inner workings. But as her role at Candace Green’s side leads her into uncharted territory, Ruthie is forced to question whether faith—or lack of it—will spell the end of everything she once held dear.