‘Church Rescue’ on National Geographic stars BCF alum
Dec 9, 2013
By JONI B. HANNIGAN
Managing Editor

New reality show features ‘Church Hoppers,’ a trio of Southern Baptists who are using financial and public relations savvy to help spread the Gospel

BCF Graduate Jerry “Doc” Bentley and friends Kevin Annas and Anthony Lockhart—the Church Hoppers.
GRACEVILLE (FBW)—A new reality show with a faith twist has three Southern Baptists, one of them a 1993 graduate of the Baptist College of Florida, snatching headlines and asking the “Church Hoppers” if financial and public relations savvy can help spread the Gospel.

The show features Jerry “Doc” Bentley, a 1993 graduate of the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, who has teamed up with two of his best friends, Kevin “Rev Kev” Annas, a business analyst; and Anthony “Gladamere” Lockhart, a marketing specialist, to form the company, “Church Hoppers: Building Balance in the Church.”

The Church Hoppers travel throughout the United States helping churches by encouraging them and giving them a fresh vision for their ministry and clarifying their processes. Some churches they visit struggle with finances, while others contend with decreased attendance and a lack of motivation.

Six episodes will show them targeting Baptist churches, a Full Gospel church, a biker church, a cowboy church, and a synagogue.

The Nov. 11 premier at 10 p.m. EST met with mostly positive reviews in various blogs and media sources. FOX news television personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck featured the trio on “The Fight for Faith,” calling them “modern day saviors for struggling churches across America.”

Hasselback compared the show to “Undercover Boss.”

Religion News Service (RNS) in an article said the “Hoppers” as they are known, said they believe the show ultimately will make a difference for good.

 “We feel like God gave us the platform of ‘Church Rescue’ on the National Geographic Channel to let churches all over the planet know there is a consulting company that cares about … helping them to do best whatever the community needs,” Annas said in RNS.

The Church Hoppers also told RNS they hope the show will encourage the “unchurched,” to be connected. 

“Every time we would walk into any ministry, any church, we always saw something that’s been in every church, and that was God,” Bentley told RNS. “Whatever was going on in those churches, we went in to embrace it.”

For more information on the show visit www.natgeotv.com or to find out more about BCF alumni, call 800-328-2660, ext. 460.       

[Some information for this story provided by the Baptist College of Florida in Graceville.]

 

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