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Last week, LaShonda Matlock’s angry, eyebrow-raising letter to her father, Pastor Bill Adkins, the preacher at Greater Imani Church & Christian Center in Memphis, Tenn., quickly went viral. And it’s no wonder.

The letter’s fiery claims and allegations were intensely personal, with the 33-year-old accusing Adkins, her biological father, of ignoring her for decades and depriving her of the father-daughter relationship she has always craved.

While the letter paints one picture, the preacher offers an entirely different one. Over the weekend, TheBlaze interviewed Adkins, to learn his side of the story.

Considering the faith leader’s prominence in the Memphis area, seeing such troubling accusations go public must have been pretty shocking. When we asked how Adkins felt when he first saw Matlock’s letter, which was entitled, “Letter to My Father Bill Adkins: ‘Go to Hell,’” he said he was taken aback.

“There are situations and times when you’re just caught completely by surprise,” Adkins explained. “I have not heard from LaShonda in years and I’m very suspicious of the timing that the letter was written and how it was posted and how it was placed on her blog.”

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