‘Welcome to Plathville’: Is the Plath Family the Same Religion as the Duggars?

Counting On fans may have just found themselves a new conservative family with the arrival of TLC’s new series, Welcome to Plathville. The reality show explores the lives of Barry and Kim Plath, who live on a sprawling farm in Georgia with eight of their nine children, whom they raised under a strict set of rules. Sound familiar? For those of you itching to see what Welcome to Plathville is all about, here’s an inside look at the Plath family.

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Ethan and Olivia Plath from ‘Welcome to Plathville | photo via Ethan Plath/Instagram

What religion do the stars of ‘Welcome to Plathville’ follow?

Like the Duggars, Barry and Kim follow strict rules when raising their children. The Welcome to Plathville stars do not believe technology is a good thing and have sheltered their kids against computers and television.

But they still have a website for their family, a Facebook account, and a YouTube channel – all of which promote their gospel singing.

Luckily, their presence online gives us an insight into their lives, including what kind of religious organization they follow.

According to Distractify, the Plaths are dedicated Christians and are all about following the teachings of the Bible. The family does not say which denomination they adhere to, but they do have a photo of themselves posing beside a Baptist church, for what that’s worth.

“Throughout [our 22-year marriage,] we have sought God on major life decisions as well as the minor day-to-day choices,” the family’s website reads.

We also know that the stars of Welcome to Plathville are a very musical family and put their talents to good use inside their church.

In fact, one of their older children, Hosanna Plath, is married to a pianist and is currently touring the country performing as a violinist. Hosanna, unfortunately, will not be appearing on the show, at least not in the first season.

While the Plaths are deeply religious, a tragedy in the family almost made Kim lose her faith in God.

Kim opens up about losing her son

In 2008, the Welcome to Plathville stars suffered a terrible tragedy when Kim accidentally killed their toddler, Joshua, who was 17 months old at the time of his death.

Kim tragically ran Joshua over while transplanting trees on their farm. On the family’s website, Kim explained how she almost lost her faith in God in the months following the accident.

“I lived in Hell on earth. I woke up every morning and functioned. But just barely. I wanted to die,” the Welcome to Plathville star shared.

Everything changed the following year when Kim says that God rescued her. She finally reached a point when hearing her son’s name didn’t devastate her and eventually regained her desire to live.

Apart from Joshua and Hosanna, Barry and Kim have eight other children living on their farm. This includes Ethan, Micah, Moriah, Lydia, Isaac, Amber, Cassia, and Mercy.

Ethan and Hosanna are the only members of the Plath family who are married. Hosanna tied the knot earlier this year while Ethan has been married since 2018.

Kim, meanwhile, is employed as a naturopathic doctor and Barry is a planner in the transportation industry. Although the Welcome to Plathville stars have raised their children in a conservative household, not all of their children agree with their viewpoints.

Who is the rebel of the Plath family?

Barry and Kim’s 17-year-old daughter, Moriah, is easily the most rebellious out of the bunch. In a trailer for the first season of Welcome to Plathville, Moriah admits that she does not agree with everything her parents teach, which could create some drama this season.

“Nothing against my parents, but I don’t agree with everything they say or think,” Moriah shares.

There is no telling what kind of trouble Moriah will get herself into, but she is not the only person stirring up drama on the Plath farm.

Ethan’s new wife, Olivia, also tends to disagree with how the Plaths run their family. In the Welcome to Plathville trailer, Olivia reveals that she has a completely different perspective on life and is looking to bring some change to the family.

She also revealed that she has created a “hurricane” in the Plath family, which should be interesting to watch unfold this season. In one preview scene, Kim and Olivia get into a short spat that ends with the mother on nine telling her that it isn’t her job to raise her kids. Ouch.

In the world of reality TV, there’s nothing like an outsider who can stir the pot a little.

Fans can watch the Plaths take over TLC when Welcome to Plathville airs Tuesday nights on TLC.