Lexington Herald-Leader: Former child star Kirk Cameron to speak at Feed Your Faith conference

By Rich Copley
Lexington Herald-Leader

(February 27, 2010)  Kirk Cameron says people don’t come up to him wanting to talk about his TV show Growing Pains.

That seems a tad surprising, considering even, say, a child star as famous in adulthood as Ron Howard says he still has people coming up to him to talk about his days playing Opie on The Andy Griffith Show.

But when Cameron goes out to meet the public these days, it is often closely related to his latest film work, Fireproof.

The 2008 movie was the most recent production by Sherwood Pictures, based at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. Cameron, 39, played a firefighter whose seven-year marriage is fizzling until he makes a commitment to Christianity.

Kirk Cameron at Feed Your Faith's event

It’s the latest faith-based film for Cameron, who also starred in the Left Behind series of films, based on the apocalyptic novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. In addition to being the top independent film of 2008, Fireproof launched a hit book, The Love Dare, and several events. Those include a series of conferences by Cameron and Christian music star Warren Barfield, whose Love Is Not a Fight was the movie’s theme song.

Cameron and Barfield’s “Love Worth Fighting For” event comes to Lexington on March 6 for two sessions at Immanuel Baptist Church. It’s the first tour stop of the event that was started by Knoxville-based Feed Your Faith.

“Someone at Feed Your Faith had this great idea about putting together a concert where Warren would be singing songs about marriage and sharing some personal stories, and he’s got some great ones — they’re funny and inspiring,” Cameron says. “They combined that with a couple messages I had been giving on how to rescue a failing marriage, how to fireproof your marriage. And we put that together and we had a wonderful result.”

Barfield says, “My goal is to see some family trees change, some marriages last that were going to break up, some children born who maybe never would have been conceived because their parents split up.”

The song Love Is Not a Fight was the result of a rough patch in Barfield’s own marriage, and it turned out to be the perfect song to go with the story about marital strife.

It’s a story that attracted Hollywood star Cameron to work with the Southern film outfit, which had cranked out two previous hits, Flywheel (2003) and Facing the Giants (2006), almost entirely on volunteer effort.

“When I read the script, I thought it was a home run and I wanted to do it. I thought this is a story millions of people will relate to. It will strike a chord deep within their souls,” says Cameron, who has been married for more than 18 years to former Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble. They have six children.

“Nobody goes to the altar, stands in front of their family and friends and God, and plans on failing. It’s devastating when a family is shattered and torn apart. So, when I read the Fireproof script, I thought, ‘These guys just nailed it with the story and the solution. …

“When it comes to marriage, there needs to be a revival in the heart, one that causes a man or woman to die to this idea of you’re supposed to serve me and make me happy, and makes them alive to the idea that God wants me to be a better husband and a better wife.”

Barfield recalls, “When I saw the movie, and Caleb Holt (Cameron’s character) is losing his temper with his wife and telling her she’s worthless, I said, ‘Man, I have been that guy.'”

Faith-based film wasn’t a career track Cameron saw when he was playing bad boy Mike Seaver on Growing Pains from 1985 to 1992.

“Twenty years ago, I never would have thought I’d be starring in Christian films because I wasn’t even a Christian,” Cameron says.

But now, between Left Behind, Fireproof and The Way of the Master series he hosts, carried on several Christian networks, Cameron has emerged as something of a leading man in the world of faith-based film.

He admires what some Christian filmmakers have accomplished but doesn’t necessarily think there has to be a Christian film industry parallel to mainstream film.

“I don’t know the best way to advance the hopes and dreams of Christians that have a message and want to get it out through film,” Cameron says. “I think people should continue to write great stories and get them produced.

“Look at Fireproof. Sony eventually got on board with a little church that produced films on a shoestring budget. So you can say, ‘Was Fireproof a mainstream movie, or was it a Christian movie?’ It was the No. 1 independent movie of 2008. It was shown in movie theaters, not church basements. So it was a mainstream movie. But you could also say it was a Christian movie because it was the story of a man whose life was changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Whether they are Christian or mainstream, movies like Fireproof are what Cameron wants to be making.

“I’m thankful for filmmakers, artists, who use their talents to tell stories that are hopeful, that spark revival in the hearts of families and marriages,” Cameron says. “I’m looking forward to being part of more of them.”

Copyright 2010 Lexington Herald-Leader

Attendees talk about the Feed Your Faith LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR TOUR 2010 featuring Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield

Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield

LEXINGTON, Ky. – (March 6, 2010) – The Feed Your Faith LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR Tour kicked off its 2010 U.S. Tour featuring Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield of 2009’s runaway hit movie “Fireproof” in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Immanuel Baptist Church.  More than 1,000 people turned out and families, marriages and lives were changed.

Here are quotes from attendees:

“We saw Kirk and Warren last Saturday night! I cannot say how WONDERFUL they both were!! My husband and I had talked about how we grew up watching Kirk and we talked about how down to earth he is….what a wonderful Christian and husband! The biblical advice he revealed will surely help many marriages. We started the Love Dare a couple of days after the seminar… It is so wonderful to see someone of fame and fortune put God first in their lives and to not be ashamed of that! He could have chosen a very different path in life due to his early fame….but he is an awesome example to everyone young and old. He was so nice and friendly! He is true and genuine.  Warren Barfield is the most awesome live singer I believe I have ever heard! Thank you for a great evening, you guys! I hope you come back and Chelsea too…..we’d love to come to another seminar!
God Bless.”
Lisa and Rodney

“The Fireproof Your Marriage conference was awesome! Kirk and Warren were both incredible. Thank you for bringing this to East Tennessee!!!!”Paige

I have to say I was completely touched by this organization this past weekend! My husband and I drove 9 hrs from Hampton Roads, Va. to attend this event in Lexington Ky and loved every minute. of it…. It was wonderful and encouraging to be able to hear Warren and Kirk. I pray that Feed Your Faith is able to expand even more to reach others. “Traci

Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield

“Hey just wanted to share that my husband and I attended the Love Worth Fighting For Event that was put on by Feed Your Faith with Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield.  It definitely touch us.  Our marriage was renewed and our commitment to one another.  I also want to thank the two guys and their families that put these on from Feed Your Faith – they do this for us so that we can be better people and help marriages that have lost their commitments. These guys do out of a lot of awesome unconditional love for God that shines through them. Thank you to all of those involved in putting these events on!!   Also, love Warren Barfield’s music!”Stacy

“This was so awesome my husband and I went to the one in Lexington, Ky. this last Saturday”Linda

“It was wonderful!!!!  Thanks so much Feed Your Faith for putting this together. Some powerful stuff!  Thanks Kirk for sharing your knowledge of God’s word with others. Thanks Warren for the awesome worship music!!”Stephanie

“What a great event! Thank you to Feed Your Faith for holding these events. I will pray for your ministry!”Heidi

“We were in the middle of the Love Dare and Love Dare Bible Study when we attended in Lexington. We have such a renewed appreciation and love for each other! Kirk, Warren and Feed your Faith……..THANK YOU!!!!”Mari

Rick Laney opens the Love Worth Fighting For Tour

It was SO amazing…I am so thankful for the insight shared with us yesterday…thanks Kirk and Warren!!!”Betsy

This was such a wonderful event and you all were nice and funny. I had such a great time. Thanks for the fun day!”Lisa

“Last night in Lexington was such an awesome experience, we loved it. Thanks for doing it.”Dena

“Yesterday afternoon in Lexington was amazing. You hit many things going on with my marriage right on the head. Now, I need to put those principles into action.”Mark

I had a wonderful time at the Lexington seminar! The message and music was wonderful. My husband and I attended at a time when we needed it the most. Thanks to all involved, and God Bless.“Heather

Very good ! Recommend for anyone – married or single.”Melissa

“Someone at Feed Your Faith had this great idea about putting together a concert where Warren would be singing songs about marriage and sharing some personal stories, and he’s got some great ones — they’re funny and inspiring.  They combined that with a couple messages I had been giving on how to rescue a failing marriage, how to fireproof your marriage. And we put that together and we had a wonderful result.”Kirk Cameron

“What a wonderful afternoon seminar in Lexington, how passionate are these men about marriage. I thank God they led them to help people with marriages…. came just in time.  God bless you all in your ministries and your travels, you are working wonders through our marriage through Christ!!!”Mary

“Loved it !!! Grateful for Feed Your Faith. God Bless Kirk and Warren. Great Blessings !!!”Shannon

I really enjoyed the conference in Lexington KY. My husband and I were blessed. Forty two years together and we still love hearing new ways to make our union better. Keep doing what you are doing, God is blessing.“Debra

This was an awesome conference!  I attended the one in Lexington. Kirk had some great things to say. I can already see my husband trying to apply some of the things that were suggested. Not that I didn’t take anything from it. Warren was great also. He was so funny, but had a way of driving home the point he was trying to make. You should try to go see them if they are in a city near you!”Tara

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Feed Your Faith was started four years ago by Mike Williams.  His concept was simple:  Bring in the best and brightest Christian speakers, authors and musicians to spiritually feed believers while raising money to physically feed those in need.  Three years ago, Williams was joined by Rick Laney, co-director of Feed Your Faith and today the ministry is still a two-man operation.  To date, Feed Your Faith has worked with nationally known writers and music groups including Kirk Cameron, Warren Barfield, Lee Strobel (former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and author of The Case for Christ), author Mark Middleberg, DecembeRadio, Decyfer Down and Sanctus Real (Dove Award winning Christian Rock and Alternative band), needtobreath and Sarah Reeves.   Feed Your Faith has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities throughout the Southeast United States.  Visit www.FeedYourFaith.org for more information.

Feed Your Faith’s LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR Tour featuring “Fireproof” stars Kirk Cameron and Warren Barfield kicks off in Lexington, Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – (March 6, 2010) – As the Feed Your Faith LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR Tour 2010 kicked off in Lexington, Ky. Today, more than a thousand people turned out at the Immanuel Baptist Church to hear a message of faith and hope for husbands, wives, families and communities that only God can provide.  The LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR Tour features actor, author and evangelist Kirk Cameron and singer/songwriter Warren Barfield.

Kirk Cameron

In addition to starring in the runaway hit movie FIREPROOF, Kirk Cameron is also known as the lovable teen heartthrob Mike Seaver, of the award winning television series Growing Pains. He entertained audiences worldwide as the charming troublemaker. He is also known to many Christians as “Buck Williams” from the Left Behind films — based on the NY Times runaway best-selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

But much more noteworthy than his acting career was his conversion to Christianity. Kirk was not raised in a church-going home and describes himself as a devout atheist from a very young age.  By the age of 14 he was so convinced there was no God that he laughed at those who thought there was.  But that all changed one afternoon as he sat in his sports car pondering the first Gospel message he had ever heard.

Kirk continues to be actively involved in quality family entertainment and travels throughout the country making the most of every opportunity to further the Gospel.  He is an outspoken believer who speaks from his heart as God leads him in schools, churches and at community events. He is also a producer and host of The Way of the Master television series and radio program.  This year, he and singer Warren Barfield will tour the country with Feed Your Faith’s LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR TOUR 2010.

Kirk and his wife Chelsea have six children and live in southern California.

Warren Barfield

Multi-talened North Carolina-born singer/songwriter Warren Barfield is on a mission to make the truly important things important again in his life.  Things like faith, love, marriage, children, truth, and with his songs, he challenges us all to do the same.  Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”  Warren has found those things in his faith, his wife, and his belief in love.  “These are the things I would die for; things I will wake up every morning and spend my day fighting for.”

Worth Fighting For, Barfield’s third record expresses a vulnerability and passion born out of the realization of how much life passes by without intentionally living, how little we invest in those we love, and how often we settle for the status quo.   Barfield, who is also a gifted speaker, shares countless stories behind his popular songs during the Feed Your Faith LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR Tour.

Mike Williams, founder Feed Your Faith

“My wife is my best friend, who I love dearly, and she loves me,” he says.  “But isn’t it fascinating that two people who love each other so much can cut one another so deeply?  When you let issues build up in a marriage, the smallest thing can trigger a war, and pretty soon you can lose sight of your love and commitment to one another. “

“We had a night where something as trivial as spilled pretzels forced into the open things we had left unsaid. Once everything had calmed down, I wrote this song. In that moment, I fully realized my duty, as my wife’s husband, was to wrap my arms around her, to love her more than my pride, more than my desire to be ‘right,’ and to find a way to move through life’s good and bad times together. That will be a struggle at times, but love is worth the fight,” Barfield said.

The Feed Your Faith LOVE WORTH FIGHTING FOR Tour continues through 2010 in cities throughout the United States.  For more information about the tour, or to order tickets, visit www.FeedYourFaith.org.

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Feed Your Faith was started four years ago by Mike Williams.  His concept was simple:  Bring in the best and brightest Christian speakers, authors and musicians to spiritually feed believers while raising money to physically feed those in need.  Three years ago, Williams was joined by Rick Laney, co-director of Feed Your Faith and today the ministry is still a two-man operation.  To date, Feed Your Faith has worked with nationally known writers and music groups including Kirk Cameron, Warren Barfield, Lee Strobel (former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and author of The Case for Christ), author Mark Middleberg, DecembeRadio, Decyfer Down and Sanctus Real (Dove Award winning Christian Rock and Alternative band), needtobreath and Sarah Reeves.   Feed Your Faith has raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities throughout the Southeast United States.  Visit www.FeedYourFaith.org for more information.

Love Worth Fighting For – Lexington, KY – March 6, 2010

This is the ticket page for Love Worth Fighting For in Lexington, KY on March 6, 2010. See below for details on the event’s location and times.

For more information on Love Worth Fighting For, see this post.

Location:

Immanuel Baptist Church,  3100 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, KY, 40502

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Tickets:

Afternoon Event – 1 to 4:30pm

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Evening Event – 7 to 10:30pm

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