Having made her first national commercial at age 4, Melissa Joan Hart is a veteran of television, film, and theater. She recently completed her sixth and final season on the ABC Family series Melissa & Joey, for which she also served as executive producer. Melissa is best known for her starring role in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. Melissa and her husband Mark recently launched their American-inspired boys-wear line called King of Harts—cool, fun, and edgy clothing that is modern with a vintage feel. Melissa works actively for a variety of charities, particularly those that benefit children. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and three sons.
Considered one of Hollywood’s rising leading men, Jesse Metcalfe has become a go-to actor in both television and film. Recent projects include the indie film Destined, the digital film Dead Rising, and the Hallmark Channel’s original movie A Country Wedding. His television programs have included the TNT reboot of Dallas, in which he played Christopher Ewing. His first big-screen role was in the comedy John Tucker Must Die in 2006. He has won awards for his acting, including the Choice TV Breakout Performance Male at the Teen Choice Awards as well as a nomination for Choice TV Actor in a Comedy and a SAG Award for Best Television Ensemble.
After co-starring for three years in Burt Reynolds’ hit TV show Evening Shade, as well as earning many other roles in television and film, David A.R. White became a founding partner in Pure Flix, now the leading producer of faith-based films. David is one of the most prolific actors and filmmakers in the faith-based arena, producing and starring in nearly 20 feature-length films. His credits include God’s Not Dead, Dancer and Dame, Brother White, Revelation Road 1 & 2, and many more. David’s passion remains to further enhance faith-based films with excellence in every way. His love for the Lord guides the projects he works on. David and his wife Andrea have three children.
Hayley Orrantia stars in the ABC hit comedy The Goldbergs, playing Erica Goldberg, a beautiful but rebellious high school student with a smart mouth who, nonetheless, really loves her family. Hayley began singing professionally as well as writing songs at the age of 13, and she began studying acting and piano at age 15. She sang background vocals on a number of Disney albums before being part of the girl group Lakoda Rayne, which finished in ninth place during the first season of The X-Factor. Her first film was the family movie Cooper and The Castle Hills Gang. Born and raised in Texas, Hayley now resides in Los Angeles.
Ernie Hudson is a beloved star of film, television, and stage who is well known for starring role in the blockbuster hits Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2. Among his most-recent credits, Ernie starred in Lifetime’s award-winning ensemble drama, Call Me Crazy. Ernie is also currently in the Emmy®-nominated Netflix series Grace & Frankie. Along with Kevin Sorbo, he stars in Gallows Road, which premiered at the prestigious USA Film Festival in Dallas in April 2015. To Hell and Back, a modern-day retelling of The Book of Job, showcases Ernie as a family man whose faith is radically tested as everything he has earned and holds dear is taken away from him.
Sadie Robertson is best known as one of the stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty, which highlights her family and their family business. A high school athlete and motivational speaker, Sadie spends her summers on mission trips and working at a Christian youth camp spreading her message to peers about being confident in who they are and learning to “live original.” Sadie also embodies the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the Robertsons, with multiple business ventures. Her Live Original brand includes her first book of the same name. Sadie competed on Season 19 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and finished second with her partner Mark Ballas.
Robin Givens has long been working consistently on television, film, and stage. She recently made her directorial debut with the new play Joy in the Morning, which she also co-wrote. In recent years, she’s had recurring roles in the TV series Twisted, 90210, and Chuck. She began her acting career in 1986 as a guest on The Cosby Show. That same year, she landed her breakthrough role, co-starring on the hit series Head of the Class. Other acclaimed projects include the miniseries The Women of Brewster Place and the Broadway production of “Chicago.” Robin works on behalf of women, children, and families facing the challenges of domestic violence. Robin is the mother of two sons.
Former U.S. Senator Fred Dalton Thomas passed away on November 1, 2015. Fred served in the U.S. Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003. In addition to being a politician, Fred was also an attorney, lobbyist, columnist, radio host, and beloved actor. He was best known for his roles in Sinister, Die Hard 2, and the long-running NBC television series Law & Order. He appeared in a number of faith-based films over recent years, including one of his final roles as a pastor in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2.
Maria Canals-Barrera is a gifted actress who has showcased her talent across the board in entertainment: TV, film, stage, and voice acting. She is best known for her starring role in the three-time Emmy Award-winning series Wizards of Waverly Place. She also appeared in the Disney Channel movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Her theatrical movie credits include Larry Crowne, Master of Disguise and My Family / Mi Familia. Other television credits include Cristela, Brothers Garcia, Marielena, Corte Tropical, The Tony Danza Show, Beggars and Choosers, and American Family. Maria lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children, playing the part of a real mom.
Pat Boone is the ORIGINAL American Idol with his trademark white buck shoes, perfectly combed hair and gleaming smile. Pat is a best-selling author, successful entrepreneur, chart-topping recording star, family man, and legendary humanitarian. With more than 45 million units sold and 38 Top-40 hits, Pat was recognized by Billboard Magazine as one of Rock’s Top 10 recording artist in history. In 2003, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. Pat first appeared on the record charts in 1955 when he was 20, and soon after became the youngest person to host a weekly musical variety show on ABC. His film credits include State Fair, Journey to the Center Of The Earth, April Love, The Cross And The Switchblade, and The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Ray Wise is an easily recognized veteran of TV, film, and the stage. His breakthrough role was in the television series Twin Peaks. Ray has appeared in many more television series and more than 30 films, including RoboCop, X-Men, The Peaceful Warrior, Brother’s Keeper, Revelation Road 1 and 2, Brother White, and The Rainmakers. Upcoming projects include Rodeo Drive Diva, Raging Bull II, and Atlas Shrugged Part 2. Among his many television credits are 24, Psych, Mad Men, Criminal Minds, NCIS, Law & Order: SVU, and dozens more. Ray lives in Southern California with his wife and children.
Since arriving on the scene in 1985 in their native Australia, the Newsboys have taken Christian music by storm. Three decades later, the iconic band is an undisputed industry leader, garnering six gold albums, 8 million units in career sales, 33 #1 singles, multiple GRAMMY® and American Music Award nominations, and signature hits ranging from “He Reigns” and “Born Again” to their recent 15-week chart-topper, “We Believe.” Expanding their reach into film, the band appeared in the 2014 Pure Flix hit, GOD’S NOT DEAD, inspired by their song of the same name. The Newsboys are comprised of drummer Duncan Phillips, lead vocalist Michael Tait, guitarist Jody Davis, and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstein.
Benjamin Onyango left his native Kenya in 1987 to study in the U.S., earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. He moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in music and acting. His TV credits include General Hospital, The Shield, and The X-Files. His film credits include GOD’S NOT DEAD, Father Africa, The Boy, Default, Kwame, Thunder Chance, and Tears of the Sun. Benjamin’s distinctive voice can be heard in a number of voice-over projects, including Night at the Museum III and The Day the Earth Stood Still. He currently writes and produces the webseries Two Worlds and Dysfunctional.
Trisha LaFache is a classically trained ballerina who began her acting career in New York City, appearing in films such as Garden State, Never Forever, and The Secret. Her television credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and Criminal Intent. She has also appeared in stage performances with the LAByrinth Theater Company and The Public Theater. Along the way, she also earned her law degree. Since moving to Los Angeles, her acting career has included roles in television shows Criminal Minds, Mad Men, Rake, and The League. She also played the hard-driving reporter Amy Ryan in GOD'S NOT DEAD, a role she reprises in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2.
Paul Kwo has appeared in numerous films and television programs. He has also appeared or provided his voice for numerous television and radio commercials for major international brands. Paul appeared in GOD’S NOT DEAD and reprises his role as Martin in the sequel. Other films include Underground Comedy, Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World, Funny People, and Mummy 3. He also appeared in the short film Fortune Cookie Magic Tricks, which has been shown in more than 20 film festivals worldwide. Paul’s TV credits include Scrubs and the remake of Knight Rider. His voice acting roles include Blacklist and Bones.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Abigail Duhon started dancing when she was two. She discovered her passion for music after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her family’s home and their possessions. At the age of six, she awoke to a song in her heart and wrote out lyrics as a reflection on their circumstances. The song, “Beautiful,” was part of her debut album when she was 10. She became one of the youngest artists to have a Christian song reach the top 100 Billboard Singles charts in 2014. Her second album, Right Now, combines pop music with EDM and dubstep elements, creating an exciting alternative for Christian tweens.
From the high school classroom to directing the leading independent film of 2014, Harold Cronk’s story reads like a Hollywood script. Active in acting and the arts in high school and college, he graduated from Central Michigan University in 1998 and became a successful high school arts teacher, twice being honored as “Teacher of the Year.” After landing a job as the art director on a television pilot, opportunities were opened for film and television projects: art and production design, then screenwriting, and finally directing. Highlighted by GOD’S NOT DEAD and now its sequel, Harold’s movies include Return to the Hiding Place, Jerusalem Countdown, Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy, and Silver Bells.
Michael Scott is a managing partner and co-founder of Pure Flix, the world’s leading faith-based film production studio and faith-based film distributor. Michael has served as producer on more than 25 Pure Flix movies, including GOD’S NOT DEAD and its sequel. Michael’s faith and passion to create high-quality, culture-impacting films and television programs to influence future generations served as the seed of inspiration that led to launching of Pure Flix. Previously, he ran Michael Scott Productions, a commercial advertising and production company that produced hundreds of commercials and advertising campaigns for numerous leading brands. Michael holds a degree in theology from Vision Christian Bible College and a degree in photography from Colorado’s Institute of Art.
Elizabeth Travis is an EMMY® Award-winning producer and world-renown manager who has been actively involved in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. With her guidance, her recording artists have achieved combined record sales of more than 30 million albums worldwide and received every possible industry accolade in their fields (including multiple GRAMMY® and EMMY® Awards). In addition to being one of the Pure Flix co-founders and partners, she has worked on more than 100 movies for major film studios including Warner Bros., Fox, Paramount, Lionsgate, DreamWorks, and Sony.
Brittany LeFebvre is the Director of Production at Pure Flix and producer of GOD’S NOT DEAD 2. She started at Pure Flix in 2008 as a customer service representative before Pure Flix partners Russell Wolfe and Michael Scott began mentoring Brittany toward her goal of producing movies. Now, as a producer, production manager, or line producer, she has worked on a dozen Pure Flix movies, including Do You Believe?, What If …, Sarah’s Choice, Return to the Hiding Place, and Silver Bells.
Russell Wolfe lived out his faith in a powerful way as a Pure Flix co-founder, partner, producer, and actor. After a prayer-centered battle with ALS, Russell passed away on May 27, 2015. Among his final work efforts, Russell helped shape GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 as a producer. Until his final breath, Russell’s focus remained on his life’s ambition: “Keep the main thing the main thing: Christ and Christ alone.” His legacy continues on through Pure Flix and GOD’S NOT DEAD 2. Russell is survived by his wife Alysoun and their two children.