By Victor Ochieng
When “greet your neighbor” portion comes up during a church service, most people don’t connect; they simply see their neighbor’s faces, shake their hands, and that’s it. For Pastor Elijah Jones III, however, he didn’t just see a face, instead he found “true love.”
Jones fell in love with Stephanie Malveaux at a time when he was already married to a woman by the name Wanda Jones, according to Reality Wives. After they met, Malveaux became Jones’ mistress before the two later got married. Jones, however, tried to make their relationship appear like that of two single people coming together in love yet that wasn’t the case.
According to reports, the two met at a church.
On the “Knot” website, the two said they met at a church called Jubilee. “Subsequently, we turned to one another, dispensed with the pleasantries, and uncomfortably sat next to one another for the next hour or so feigning existence of our stunningly corporate appearances.”
They noticed each other but didn’t have a conversation until they later bumped into each other at Starbucks.
“Suddenly, she appeared in work garb, on a Sunday afternoon, heading for the line to order her Starbucks pick me up. She was outfitted with a memorable purple and white tie and dye shirt, having concentric circles,” read the description.
After sharing their love story on the website, they then requested for well-wishers to donate towards their honeymoon, including covering costs for things like airline tickets, dining, and beverages.
Instead of just donating and wishing the couple well, the internet jumped in with a barrage of comments. It was so serious that even Jones’ children, Elijah IV and his daughter, commented, accusing their father of owing their mother an alimony of $450,000.
One user commented, saying, “I wish I could get married and start over while sacrificing my relationship with my family for a lite brite! Gon head deadbeat shawty… Enjoy your honey moon… (But I sincerely hope you don’t).”
Another said: “Lying a**, cheating a** sack of s**t you are! You forgot to mention how you cheated on your ex-wife and left your family for this Della Reese stunt double! Ha! THEN you want folks to pay for your honeymoon expenses!”
In an article posted on RealityWives.Net, the author says Malveaux contacted her, saying she’s being defamed yet she met Jones when he was already separated from his ex-wife.
The author says, “From what little I know, now, Elijah III was separated from his wife, before meeting Stephanie and Elijah’s marriage was over from his first wife Wanda, before his relationship with Stephanie. Elijah III’s son is taking it the hardest as he ranted about the marriage first, he has since removed his Facebook pages and social media presence. Elijah’s III’s first wife allegedly is no longer hurting and is no longer concerned with her ex-husband.”