In 2002, Alex Kendrick founded Sherwood Pictures with the blessing of Senior Pastor Michael Catt and began work on the first movie, “Flywheel,” with his brother Stephen, also on staff. Alex wrote, directed, produced and acted in “Flywheel” — helped by 60 church volunteers. After the overwhelming response to the film in 2003, he again partnered with his brother to write and produce “Facing the Giants.” Again, he acted in and directed the film, which was picked up and distributed by Provident Films, a branch of Sony Pictures. “Facing the Giants” showed in more than 1,000 theaters after its September 2006 release and grossed $10 million-plus in box office receipts. The DVD was released in 13 languages, in 56 countries, and sold more than two million copies. More than 10,000 churches have used the movie for ministry outreach. On February 22, 2007, the Georgia State House of Representatives and Senate read a resolution honoring Sherwood Pictures and the church for the success and positive impact of “Facing the Giants.” In 2007, Alex and Stephen wrote the screenplay for “Fireproof,” and shot it in Albany, Ga. — Alex directing and Stephen producing. More than 1,200 Sherwood volunteers helped with the production. The film was released in September 2008 and grossed $33 million-plus, making it the highest-grossing independent film of 2008. “Fireproof” has since sold nearly three million DVDs. To date, Alex has received more than 20 awards for his work, including Best Screenplay, Best Production and Best Feature Film. Sherwood produced its fourth movie, “Courageous.” Alex has been interviewed by “Good Morning America,” “ABC World News Tonight,” “CBS Evening News,” Fox’s “Hannity and Colmes,” CNN’s “Glenn Beck” show, “Dr. Phil,” “USA Today,” “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “Time” magazine and many more television, radio and print outlets. Alex and Stephen worked with author Eric Wilson to write the novels of their movie scripts for “Flywheel,” “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof,” published by Thomas Nelson. The novels collectively have sold 300,000-plus copies. The brothers also wrote the book “The Love Dare,” part of the “Fireproof,” plot. B&H Group Publishers released the book in fall 2008 and it quickly became No. 1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Advice. To date, more than four million copies have been sold. The two follow-ups are “The Love Dare Day by Day,” a 365-day devotional for couples, and the “Day-by-Day Wedding Edition.” Before joining the Sherwood Baptist Church staff as an associate pastor in 1999, Alex was a college minister at Roswell Street Baptist in Marietta, Ga. He also announced on Christian radio for five years in Atlanta. He’s spoken at events such as the National Religious Broadcasters Conference, the International Christian Visual Media Conference and Georgia’s Youth Evangelism Conference. He oversees the motion picture ministry of Sherwood Pictures and teaches a televised Bible study program, Home Connection, to audiences in the South Georgia region. Alex graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. He also attended Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn., and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Alex and his wife, Christina live in Albany and have six children.
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