Alex Kendrick, writer, director, producer, and actor in Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Courageous, is HLGU's 2012 Booster Banquet Speaker!
Our 71st Annual Booster Banquet will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012. We'll begin selling tickets in September!
Alex Kendrick has been an associate pastor for Sherwood Baptist Church since 1999. He oversees the motion picture ministry of Sherwood Pictures and teaches a televised Bible study program, Home Connection, to audiences in the South Georgia region.
In 2002, Alex founded Sherwood Pictures with the blessing of Senior Pastor Michael Catt and began work on the first movie, FLYWHEEL, with his brother Stephen, also on staff. Alex wrote, directed, produced, and acted in FLYWHEEL-helped by 60 church volunteers. After the overwhelming response to the film in 2003, he again partnered with his brother to write and produce FACING THE GIANTS. Again, he acted in and directed the film, which was picked up and distributed by Provident Films, a branch of Sony Pictures.
FACING THE GIANTS showed in more than 1,000 theaters after its September 2006 release and grossed $10 million-plus in box office receipts. The DVD was released in 13 languages, in 56 countries, and sold more than 2 million copies. More than 10,000 churches have used the movie for ministry outreach. On February 22, 2007, the Georgia State House of Representatives and Senate read a resolution honoring Sherwood Pictures and the Church for the success and positive impact of FACING THE GIANTS.
In 2007, Alex and Stephen wrote the screenplay for FIREPROOF, and shot it in Albany-Alex directing and Stephen producing. More than 1,200 Sherwood volunteers helped with the production. The film was released in September 2008 and grossed $33 million-plus, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2008. FIREPROOF has since sold nearly 3 million DVDs.
To date, Alex has received more than 20 awards for his work, including Best Screenplay, Best Production, and Best Feature Film. Sherwood produced their fourth movie, COURAGEOUS. COURAGEOUS has recently been released on DVD and Blue Ray. CourageoustheMovie.com
Alex and Stephen worked with author Eric Wilson to write the novels of their movie scripts for FLYWHEEL, FACING THE GIANTS, and FIREPROOF, published by Thomas Nelson. The novels collectively have sold 300,000-plus copies.
The brothers also wrote the book THE LOVE DARE, part of the FIREPROOF plot. B&H Group Publishers released the book in fall 2008 and it quickly became no.1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Advice.
To date, more than 4 million copies have been sold. The two follow-ups are The Love Dare Day by Day, a 365-day devotional for couples, and the Day-by-Day Wedding Edition. LoveDareStories.com