Evangelist Matt Pitt, wife, agree to divorce

Friday, 06 October 2017, 04:01:02 PM. The founder of The Basement created one of the largest youth ministries in the country.

evangelist-matt-pitt-wife-agree-to-divorce photo 1Matt Pitt and his wife, Maegan, pose together after a hearing at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Nov. 12, 2014. Pitt was acquitted in 2015 of impersonating an officer.  

Evangelist Matt Pitt, founder of The Basement youth ministry in Birmingham, and his wife, Maegan Landers, have agreed to a divorce, according to Jefferson County court records.

The couple married on Aug. 14, 2010, and Maegan accompanied Pitt to the 2015 trial when he was acquitted of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

At the time Pitt and Landers were married, The Basement was one of the largest youth ministries in the country, with thousands of youth and young adults attending weekly.

Larry Matthew Pitt and Maegan Rae Landers separated on May 28 this year, have not lived together since, and do not have children, according to court documents. Landers filed for divorce on Sept. 7 citing "irreconcilable differences," and they filed an agreement on Sept. 27 that says they own no joint real estate. Pitt agreed to a $15,000 lump sum payment with no alimony, according to court documents. Their agreement is awaiting final approval by a judge.

Pitt started his ministry in the basement of his home in Huffman and it grew into one of the largest youth ministries in the country, drawing crowds of 7,000 or more and leading to a national TV program for Pitt.

In 2012, in Shelby County, Pitt pleaded guilty when he was charged with impersonating an officer after Calera Police pulled him over for flashing blue lights on Interstate 65.

After Pitt's next arrest in Jefferson County in 2013, a Shelby County judge revoked his probation from the first case and Pitt spent eight months in jail, being released on Palm Sunday 2014.

After his acquittal in April 2015, Pitt said he would continue to lead the youth ministry, which met weekly at a warehouse in Roebuck. "We're going to reach kids," he said. "We're going to reach youth. We're going to do what we do."

The name of the weekly youth ministry meeting was later changed to The Block.

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