Michael W. Smith & Joey Lawrence to Star in Upcoming Movie
Michael W. Smith & Joey Lawrence to Star in Upcoming Movie “Pardoned by Grace”
Graham Family Films together with Scott Highberger and Atonement Pictures will produce a movie this summer called Pardoned by Grace. The film will also star Michael W. Smith as a lead actor alongside popular ’90s heartthrob Joey Lawrence.
“Pardoned By Grace” tells the true story of the transformation of a man named Scott Highberger who went from being a notorious criminal to becoming a pastor. Lawrence, who is best known for his role as Joey in the ’90s hit series “Blossom,” will play Highberger in the upcoming Christian film.
Scott’s true story is raw and real. Thirty-five arrests, eight felony convictions, and five prison sentences allowed Scott to hit rock bottom and come to the end of himself when he tried to take his own life. After years of struggle and failure, Scott was receptive to God’s call on his life. Desperate, he turned to Jesus while incarcerated and everything changed. Today not only is Scott a free man…. He serves as the outreach/prison pastor at Road to Life Church in Michigan City, Indiana and ministers to thousands of prisoners each week.
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“Pardoned By Grace” is in production by Graham Family Films. Executive producer Ben Graham, a grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham, is senior pastor at Music City Baptist Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Kevan Otto, a law enforcement officer turned writer and director of many faith-based films, is the movie’s director.
The faith-based film is still raising funds on its gofundme page.
About Michael W. Smith
Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith continues to live out his dream; he releases new music regularly and performs around the world to sold-out crowds of loyal and inspired fans. During Michael’s storied career, he’s not only been honored with three Grammy Awards, 45 Dove Awards, an American Music Award and has sold more than 15 million albums, he’s also given back to the global community. Michael has raised funds to battle AIDS in Africa alongside longtime friend Bono, started Rocketown, a safe haven for young people in Tennessee to meet and find hope, and has helped more than 70,000 children’s lives through Compassion International.
In many ways, Michael is a statesman, at the fulcrum of Christian music in pivotal moments. And like the ‘heart of a lion’ that is said to never go away, Michael isn’t content staying with the equilibrium. With that drive and a non-stop touring and recording schedule, Michael hit a wall most creative people hit at some point in their careers.
About Joey Lawrence
Joseph Lawrence Mignogna Jr. (born April 20, 1976) is an American actor, musician, and game show host. He got his start as a child star in the early 1980s and is best known for his role as Joey Russo in Blossom. Lawrence also starred in the series Brotherly Love with his real-life brothers Matthew and Andrew.
Lawrence was born in Abington, Pennsylvania,and raised in Philadelphia, the son of Donna, a personnel manager and former elementary school teacher and Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, an insurance broker. He is of Italian, Scottish and English descent. His family’s surname was changed to “Lawrence” during his childhood. He has two younger brothers, Matt and Andy, who are also actors.
He graduated from Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, in 1994, and later attended the University of Southern California.