More details continue to emerge on the controversial life of former KTN news anchor Esther Arunga who escaped jail term over the death of her son earlier this week.

In a candid interview with The Standard, his former pastor Joseph Hellon Onyango opened up on their friendship, his controversial Finger of God church that was alleged to be a cult and was the subject of police investigations as well as Quincy Timberlake-the man who many accuse of leading Esther down the path of destruction.

Speaking on his friendship with Esther that many believe marked the downfall of the former sassy KTN presenter, Hellon revealed that they first met at a Church event where Esther was the emceeing.

“I met Esther at a church event. I was a singer and she was emceeing. We talked and decided to do business together,” he said.

Hellon would accommodate Esther in the early stages of her career, mentoring her in the process before she decided to quit employment and focus on church activities.

Esther Arunga and Hellon Joseph
Esther Arunga and Hellon Joseph

It is through Hellon that Esther met Quincy Timberlake who rekindled a friendship with the preacher.

Both Hellon and Quincy attended Kokuro Primary school.

Quincy Timberlake

Quincy would burst into the scene shortly afterwards and would sweep Esther off her feet even as the two (Esther and Hellon) ventured into politics, launching the Placenta Party and announcing that they would contest for Presidency.

“He (Quincy) came to my church and he is the one who helped in registering the Placenta party where I was vying for president with Esther as my deputy,”added the preacher.

Shortly afterwards, things began to fall apart before Esther relocated to Australia with his new-found love to live a quiet life.

Esther Arunga with Quincy Timberlake
Esther Arunga with Quincy Timberlake

The death of their son in 2014 would expose a union cracking within and put the former KTN news anchor through a harrowing ordeal and damage her relationship with her in-laws and her husband almost beyond repair.

I am not cultish-Hellon says in defence of Finger of God church

Hellon made news with his Finger of God church that was the subject of police investigations amidst concerns of cult-like practices.

Controversy is a thing Hellon enjoys and which according to him is the hallmark of every preacher.

“There is nothing cultish about my church. I am controversial and I do things differently. Our messiah was controversial. Preachers who are not should ask themselves if they are really working for God,” Hellon declared.

The choice of name for his church was equally controversial and became a matter of public concern, but according to Hellon, this shouldn’t have been tha case.

He clarified that “Finger of God is holy spirit. The Law of Moses was written by the finger of God. There is nothing dirty about that name as Kenyans were suggesting”.

In March this year, Hellon got into a partnership with an American preacher and changed the name of the church to Kingdom Embassy International.