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Mary Sollosi
September 24, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Oprah Winfrey will not only executive produce Greenleaf, the megachurch drama that’s coming to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network next year — she is now set to appear in it as well, the network announced today.

The drama, produced by Lionsgate, follows the Greenleaf family, which sits at the head of megachurch Greenleaf World Ministries. Keith David stars as Bishop James Greenleaf and Lynn Whitfield as his wife, Lady Mae. Winfrey will have a recurring role as Mavis McCready, Lady Mae’s sister.

Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Deborah Joy Winans, and Tye White star as the next generation of Greenleafs.

“Like so many megachurches in America, Greenleaf World Ministries is more than just a house of worship. It’s a home,” OWN’s official description reads. “But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity.”

Winfrey will executive produce with Clement Virgo and writer Craig Wright, and Virgo will direct the pilot episode, which is set to premiere in 2016. 

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