Hollywood producer and actress share stories about their faith journeys

by Jerry Circelli

Correspondent

3/17/2015

David and Andrea Logan White shared their own faith journeys with the North Texas Catholic. David is the founding partner of Pure Flix Entertainment and is committed to making compelling, faith-based movies. Andrea, who said her life changed dramatically for the best several years ago when she accepted Christ, explained that her appearance in such films is rewarding and fulfilling.  David and Andrea have been married 12 years and have three children.

One of the most desperate characters in “Do You Believe?” is a young man headed for a life of crime but knowing deep in his heart that what he is doing is wrong.  He comes face to face with a gentleman who once walked in his shoes. The wise man, who had chosen God’s path toward forgiveness and redemption, implores the lost soul to do the same and imparts these words: “You have to choose to take the first step, and it will change your life.”

Many of us, in one way or another, have taken a first step to find Christ and are on a constant journey to grow in faith.

Actor and filmmaker David A.R. White and his wife, actress Andrea Logan White, shared their own stories with the North Texas Catholic about their personal faith journeys. David is a founding partner of Pure Flix Entertainment — producer of faith-based films including “God’s Not Dead” and “Do You Believe?” — and his wife played a role in the latest film and others.

Andrea explained that before her career as an actress materialized, she reached a point where she thought life was hopeless. At a stoplight on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, Andrea said she reached the depth of despair. Broken, lost and confused, she felt her life was worthless. Alone inside her vehicle, head in her hands, Andrea cried out, “God, if you’re real, show me who you are!”

Before the light turned green, a vehicle pulled up and a small, unassuming man held up a sign with a local radio station number written on it. “He smiled, waved and drove off,” Andrea recalled, “and on his bumper I read a sticker that said, ‘Jesus Loves You.’”

The desperate actress tuned in to the station number she had been shown, and to her surprise she heard a pastor on a Christian radio program offering up a prayer. It was if he were speaking directly to Andrea. She recalled vividly that he said, “If you are questioning your life, if you don't know who you are, you don't have a purpose, don’t have a will to live, God loves you and He is here for you. And He has a plan for you.”

Call it the Holy Spirit at work, a miracle, an angel, divine intervention or any of a number of mysterious ways in which God works, but Andrea’s life began to turn around, once she accepted Christ in her life.

“Before I was a Christian, I feel like I was just trying to do my best,” Andrea said. “Now that I have the Lord in my life, I know that all we have to do is do our best and surrender the rest.”

She continued, “There’s such a comfort in knowing that we’re not in control. It’s part of our human nature to want to control life. We want to control everything, but we don't have control and there’s a comfort in knowing that. There’s a comfort in knowing that God is in control in every aspect of our lives and the more that we seek Him and the more that we pray and cry out to Him, I believe the more He works for us in our lives.”

Andrea’s husband, David, to whom she has been married 12 years, also feels God’s presence in his work and in his life.

Growing up in southwestern Kansas, David said that in his heart he always had a desire to entertain.

“I definitely believe God puts dreams in our hearts,” David said. “And within that dream is his calling. I think as humans the best thing we can do is listen to what’s in our heart and then bend our knee before the Lord, and give back to Him those dreams. Sometimes with the most precious things that we hold dear to ourselves, when we give them back and say, ‘Lord, thy will be done,’ then it’s amazing to see what He does with them.”

David continued, “I had big dreams, and God had a way to make them better.”

A case in point was “God’s Not Dead.” The film was enormously popular from the start, earning $9.2 million on opening weekend. “It just blew us all away,” David said. “It just goes to show you what God can do when He’s involved.”

As for the future, David said Pure Flix will carry out its mission to consistently produce faith-based films such as “God’s Not Dead” and “Do You Believe?”.

“It’s really our mission that we’re called to right now,” David said. “People always ask, ‘What’s next?’ and ask if we’re going to make different kinds of films now. And our answer is, ‘We’re going to keep doing what we do — making movies for the Church audience first and foremost.’

“That’s really our primary focus — to serve the Church through these movies.”

More information and to view the movie trailer please visit, http://doyoubelieve.com/

One of the most desperate characters in “Do You Believe?” is a young man headed for a life of crime but knowing deep in his heart that what he is doing is wrong.  He comes face to face with a gentleman who once walked in his shoes. The wise man, who had chosen God’s path toward forgiveness and redemption, implores the lost soul to do the same and imparts these words: “You have to choose to take the first step, and it will change your life.”

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