A Kansas City, Missouri, pastor is under fire after calling berating his congregation as “poor, broke busted and disgusted” for not buying him the luxury Movado watch he wanted.
In a video clip of his sermon posted on TikTok, Carlton Funderburke, the senior pastor at Church at the Well, berates his church members for not “honoring” him with a Movado watch.
“This is how I know you’re still poor, broke, busted and disgusted, because of how you been honoring me. I’m not worth your McDonald’s money? I’m not worth your Red Lobster money? I ain’t worth your St. John Knits — y’all can’t afford nohow. I ain’t worth y’all Louis Vuitton? I ain’t worth your Prada? I’m not worth your Gucci?” he said in the nearly minute-long clip from his sermon on Aug. 7.
At one point, Funderburke tells the congregation that a Movado watch can be bought at Sam’s Club.
“And y’all know I asked for one last year. Here it is all the way in August and I still ain’t got it,” he said. “Y’all ain’t said nothing. Let me kick down the door and talk to my cheap sons and daughters.”
Facing backlash after the video was posted to social media, Funderburke issued an apology video Tuesday for the “inexcusable” sermon.
“Though there is context behind the content of the clip, no context will suffice to explain the hurt and anguish caused by my words. I’ve spoken to those I am accountable to and have received their correction and instruction,” he said. “I have also privately apologized to our church, who has extended their love and support to me.”
Watch the video below: