In the 20 years since the Rev. Michael Catt became pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, he never lost sight of one thing: the need for the church to influence culture.
Catt’s Albany, Ga., church has lived by that adage and seen its wildest dreams come true in the 2008 movie "Fireproof.”
The film about a firefighter who must rescue his own marriage was No. 4 at the box office for its premiere weekend and broke DVD sales records at Christian retailers with its DVD release in January.
Catt, 56, spoke this week at First Baptist Church of Edmond’s Heartland Conference. He said his mission to influence culture probably took root years ago when he was a youth pastor.
He served as youth pastor at First Baptist of Yukon in the 1970s. He served as senior pastor of First Baptist of Ada in the 1980s, before taking the Sherwood Baptist post in 1989.
The Rev. Alan Day, First Baptist of Edmond’s senior pastor, called Catt "one of the most creative pastors.”
Catt said he simply talked to his congregation about the collective mission to be an influence for Christ. When Alex Kendrick, then the church’s media minister, told Catt about his passion for moviemaking, a conversation began that started the church on its path to the big screen.