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Proclaiming the Good News
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Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! with film icon—and a man who proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ wherever he goes—Clayton Jennings.
Clayton Jennings grew up in the church. The son of a preacher,
has been involved in ’s
annual Behold the Lamb production for most of his life. “It was spearheaded by
my mom and all about telling the story of Jesus and his life. I had lots of
roles growing up—young Jesus, Isaac, Roman soldier …” Harbour
Shores Church Jennings says when he was younger, the
production was “just a play.” He goes on to say, “I had a lot of fun bonding
with the church. Now it means so much more. All of a sudden, it was telling
other people about this Lord we follow. It became a mission, not a
At age twenty-five,
Jennings has written two
published novels and written, funded, produced, filmed, directed, edited, and
starred in a full-length feature film. “I’ve had a midlife crisis the last four
years,” he jokes. “I have a sense of urgency. You don’t know how much time you
have left. God gave me a huge opportunity and great people around me. I don’t
have any excuse not to work hard.”
The most difficult challenge came in 2011 when
Jennings had an epiphany
while driving to acting class. During his senior year at IUPUI, Jennings spent the days
as a student and his evenings writing the script. He then emptied his entire
savings account to buy camera equipment and fund Strayland, which premiered at
on January 20, 2012, to a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,200 people.
“It all came back and then some through donations and DVD sales at the
premiere,” Harbor Shores Jennings
said. “We shot sixty-two scenes in thirty-eight days, and I lost fifteen pounds
doing it. It was the coolest summer of my life.”
On his website, www.claytonjennings.com,
Jennings has posted twenty-five short films
about skits and spoken-word poems, in addition to information about his novels and
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