BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- A profanity-laced video showing prominent Georgia pastor Ken Adkins is spreading across the internet. Adkins can be heard screaming the n-word on what appears to be a cell phone recording. On it, he also disparages members of the Brunswick community.
Embarrassed by parts of it, Adkins watched the video Wednesday night with Action News' Jamie Smith.
The pastor said his tirade was secretly recorded months ago in the barbershop next door to his church in Brunswick moments after he witnessed a drug deal in his parking lot.
Adkins told Action News, "I said to them, 'I'm frustrated.' I can't believe there are people who would jeopardize what we built because they're stupid and crazy."
Adkins can be heard on the 7-minute video blaming the community's plight on various people. "It's the black leaders' fault," the pastor can be heard yelling on the video.
Adkins also referred to members of his congregation in a disparaging manner, "I got to pastor these poor [expletive]!"
Adkins told Action News, "It was a heated statement saying, 'You ain't got nothing; I take you in; I clean you up and this is the thanks I get?'"
More than a dozen of those congregation members he was speaking about, stood by the pastor for the interview.
"Some people need a little hardness to them. You can't be soft with everybody," said Eddie Collins, a former convict who credits Adkins with turning his life around.
"Sometimes you need tough love," said Collins.
"If I use some strong language to get young men to understand exactly what I say, I meant it. I meant it and they understood exactly what I was saying," said Adkins.
Adkins leads a congregation of hundreds at Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship, including the grandmother of accused Brunswick baby killer, De'Marquis Elkins.
Adkins contends the media attention he garnered during that case prompted jealous political opponents to spread the video.
"We vote Republican," Adkins told Action News, "We vote straight down the list and now the political enemies are getting upset."