In just a few weeks, OWN will present Greenleaf, an original scripted drama about a fictional mega-church, Greenleaf World Ministries, in Memphis, Tennessee, and the deceptions, unexpected confessions and surprising family dynamics going on behind closed doors.

Here, several of the key actors, including Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker and Keith David, as well as several executive producers, including Craig Wright, Clement Virgo and Oprah Winfrey (who also has an acting role on the show), express their thoughts about the show’s themes and wider cultural significance.