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Kirk Cameron

Jimmy / Executive Producer

Kirk Cameron is known by millions as “Mike Seaver” from the 1980’s hit sit-com, Growing Pains. Since then, he’s invested his time and energy into faith and family-focused films, television shows, and live events. These projects include Fireproof—the marriage-centered film that became the #1 inspirational movie of the year. Kirk has also produced the documentaries, Monumental: In Search Of America’s National Treasure, Connect, The Way Of The Master television series, and hundreds of live events focused on marriage, family, and parenting. Kirk’s new TBN talk show, Takeaways, airs weekly on Monday nights. Recently, he’s been featured in the national media for his American Campfire Revival: 100 Day Plan, which urges the family of faith to return to the principles that will bring blessing and protection to America. His newest documentary is The Homeschool Awakening. He and his wife, Chelsea, met on the set of Growing Pains and have been married for 31 years. They have six children and host an all-expenses-paid summer camp for terminally ill children and their families called Camp Firefly.

Raphael Ruggero​

David

Raphael Ruggero is an actor, singer, musician, and filmmaker from the Twin Cities in Minnesota. He began acting on stage at age 11, doing both community and professional theater. While the upcoming Kendrick Brothers’ film LIFEMARK is his first movie role, Raphael has worked on several other faith and family films, including Into The Spotlight, Running The Bases, and Camp Hideout—all to be released soon.

REbecca Rogers Nelson

Susan

Rebecca Rogers Nelson began her career as an actress in New York City with numerous credits in TV, film, and off-off-Broadway theatre, before moving to Los Angeles where she added screenwriting and producing to her resume. She now lives in her home state of Virginia with her husband and five children (four of whom were adopted through the U.S. foster care system). Rebecca and her husband Durrell Nelson own the award-winning Beautiful Feet Productions, with its mission to write, direct, and produce films which celebrate family, give hope of redemption, and reflect a Judeo-Christian worldview. In addition to playing Susan in LIFEMARK, her upcoming films include An Unlikely Angel and Eleanor’s Bench.

Alex Kendrick

Shawn / Executive Producer

Alex Kendrick has dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ and making His truth and love known among the nations. After serving in church ministry for 20 years, he now writes, speaks, and produces Christian films with his brothers Stephen and Shannon. Alex directed and co-wrote the movies Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing The Giants, and Flywheel. In 2021, the Kendrick Brothers released two films: Courageous Legacy, and Show Me The Father, their first feature-length documentary, for which he served as an executive producer and writer. Alex is an executive producer, co-writer, and plays the role of Shawn in their newest film, LIFEMARK, opening in theaters in September 2022. Alex co-wrote the New York Times bestselling books The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer. He has been interviewed on “Fox & Friends,” CNN, and ABC World News Tonight. Alex and his wife, Christina, live in Albany, Ga. with their six children and are active members at Sherwood Church.

Justin Sterner

Nate

Justin Sterner is an actor and filmmaker based in Atlanta. After playing Nate in LIFEMARK, he was cast in a teen musical movie, a faith-based baseball film, a fun summer camp comedy, and more. He has also produced and directed an exciting new faith-based, teen sci-fi show. Justin and his wife Amber own an acting studio that educates young people and helps them unveil their God-given gifts. When not acting or working on set, Justin can be found traveling with his wife, cooking, playing basketball, or making coffee

Dawn Long

Melissa

Dawn Long grew up active in the creative arts and the great outdoors. A fire for acting started within her after spending time on a Dennis Quaid movie set in Montana. After years of actor studios, commercials, shorts and feature films (including Treasure Lies and Take Two), she’s focused on bringing the world inspiring characters in quality films that take people to new places and help change people’s lives for the better. Her latest film, LIFEMARK, is set to be released on September 9, 2022, in theaters nationwide.

MArisa Hampton

Young Melissa

Marisa Lynae Hampton is a native Texan who spent her adolescent years in rehearsal studios and studying the fine arts, eventually leading her to explore film. Her film career began at the age of 14 and hasn’t slowed down since. Now at 20 years old, she feels blessed to work on LIFEMARK alongside some of her favorite filmmakers to bring such beautiful and personal story to the screen—all while allowing her faith to be the inspiration behind her work. 

Stephen Kendrick

Executive Producer

After serving in church ministry for 20 years, Stephen Kendrick now writes, speaks, and produces Christian films with his brothers Alex and Shannon. Stephen produced and co-wrote the movies Overcomer, War Room, Courageous, Fireproof, Facing The Giants, and Flywheel. In 2021, the Kendrick Brothers released two films: Courageous Legacy, and Show Me The Father, their first feature-length documentary, for which he served as an executive producer and writer. Stephen is an executive producer and co-writer on their newest film, LIFEMARK, opening in theaters in September 2022. Stephen co-wrote the New York Times bestselling books The Love Dare, The Resolution for Men, and The Battle Plan for Prayer. He has been interviewed on “Fox & Friends,” CNN, and ABC World News Tonight. He serves on the boards of the Fatherhood CoMission and the Christian Film Foundation. Stephen and his wife, Jill, live in Albany, Ga. with their six children and are active members at Sherwood Church. 

Shannon Kendrick

Executive Producer

Shannon Kendrick is an executive producer of Overcomer, Show Me The Father, and the latest Kendrick Brothers movie, LIFEMARK, which opens in theaters this September. Shannon also served as an associate producer for War Room. The eldest brother, Shannon joined Alex and Stephen at Kendrick Brothers in 2011 after having worked for more than 20 years at IBM. Shannon is a Georgia Tech graduate and brings IT and business expertise to the team, along with a heart for Christ-centered and kingdom- minded projects. Shannon is married to Gisselle and lives in Albany, Ga. with six of their seven children. They are active members of Sherwood Church.

KEvin Peeples

Director

Kevin Peeples is the director and co-writer of LIFEMARK, which opens in theaters September 9. Since getting his start in the industry in 2004, Kevin has worked as a writer, director, editor, marketer, and cinematographer. Kevin has directed and edited multiple documentaries and feature-length projects, including Like Arrows, which he also co-wrote with Alex Kendrick. Kevin is passionate about mentoring younger filmmakers and inspiring audiences to value the sanctity of life. In addition to his own work, Kevin has helped other filmmakers market their movies, including War Room, Overcomer, Beyond The Mask and Courageous Legacy. The father of eight, Kevin and his kids created the Elementary Film School to teach elementary kids how to be better storytellers and filmmakers by instilling confidence, humility, communication skills, and using their imaginations to become creators, not consumers.