Rev Kev (Kevin Annas), Doc (Jerry Bentley), and Gladamere (Anthony Lockhart) pose outside of a church in Heart Square, N.C. “Church Rescue” will debut Nov. 11 on the National Geographic Channel. Photo Credit: T Group Productions, courtesy National Geographic Channel

Rev Kev (Kevin Annas), Doc (Jerry Bentley), and Gladamere (Anthony Lockhart) pose outside of a church in Heart Square, N.C. “Church Rescue” will debut Nov. 11 on the National Geographic Channel. Photo Credit: T Group Productions, courtesy National Geographic Channel


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(RNS) They’ve rescued bars and restaurants and shabby houses, but this month reality television stars are set to rescue something new.

Church Rescue” will debut Monday (Nov. 11) on the National Geographic Channel, featuring the most unlikely of reality TV stars: church consultants.

The series will feature three “Church Hoppers”: the Rev. Kevin “Rev Kev” Annas, a business analyst; the Rev. Anthony “Gladamere” Lockhart, a marketing specialist; and the Rev. Jerry “Doc” Bentley, a spiritual counselor.

“The Church Hoppers exist to build balance in church through systems, business and marketing,” said Lockhart, who like his fellow rescuers comes out of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“Systems being people in the right places motivated to be as efficient as they can be for the work of the ministry; business being all of the ministry resources channeled in all the right directions, making sure everything is conducted with integrity; marketing is going out into the community.”

The trio travel across the United States to assist failing churches, using “the wisdom of Scripture and a little Southern ingenuity” along with some red-faced shouting at obstinate pastors.

So far, six episodes are planned, although the Church Hoppers said they hope to film additional shows. Their targets include a Full Gospel church, a biker church, a cowboy church and even a synagogue.

Doc (Jerry Bentley) talking with kids outside of Shul on the beach in Venice, Calif. “Church Rescue” will debut Nov. 11 on the National Geographic Channel. Photo Credit: T Group Productions, courtesy National Geographic Channel

Doc (Jerry Bentley) talking with kids outside of Shul on the beach in Venice, Calif. “Church Rescue” will debut Nov. 11 on the National Geographic Channel. Photo Credit: T Group Productions, courtesy National Geographic Channel


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In the first episode, “Country Salvation,” the Church Hoppers visit a four-hour-long service at a “Bapticostal” church in North Carolina that meets in a sweltering sanctuary with no air conditioning.

They have seven days to fix the decrepit building and to persuade Pastor Larry Roseboro to work with the church he has instead of dreaming of a new sanctuary.

“If I have to spend money on this old building, you might as well forget it!” Roseboro tells them. “First, I’m in charge here. Me and God. What are you going to do about it if I say no?”

The Church Hoppers quote Scripture as they try to reconcile the pastor to both his current sanctuary and an estranged deacon.

The three ministers had run their North Carolina-based church consulting company for nearly three years when they pitched the idea to a production company. The show was a natural fit to air on the National Geographic Channel because it showcased an array of church cultures, Annas said.

Doc, Rev Kev, Glademere, Pastor Greg, and Dakota celebrating at the Freedom Biker Church in Conover, N.C. Photo Credit: T Group Productions, courtesy National Geographic Channel

Doc, Rev Kev, Glademere, Pastor Greg, and Dakota celebrating at the Freedom Biker Church in Conover, N.C. Photo Credit: T Group Productions, courtesy National Geographic Channel


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The Church Hoppers said they believe the show will make a difference for good.

“One of the things we expressed to the producer and was ultimately carried through to National Geographic was that we cannot risk our reputation as Christian consultants for a television show,” Annas said. “We feel like God gave us the platform of ‘Church Rescue’ on the National Geographic Channel to let churches all over the planet know there is a consulting company that cares about … helping them to do best whatever the community needs.”

The Church Hoppers also said they hope the show will encourage the “unchurched” to seek out a spiritual home.

“Every time we would walk into any ministry, any church, we always saw something that’s been in every church, and that was God,” Bentley said. “Whatever was going on in those churches, we went in to embrace it.”

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21 Comments

  1. I would like to enter my mothers church for a facelift. Its in much need of repairs.Its a small congregation and they have done everything to raise money fro much needed repairs. I would love to see them get the much needed repairs. Their church is located in Charlottesville, Va. Please contact me 817-846-8618 Zina. Thanks,in advance. Have a Blessed Day in the Lord.

  2. Brian Fieldhouse

    Isn´t God supposed to provide? Or is he behind with his payments? And am I the only one to see the unintended humour in the remark, “I´m in charge here. Me and God.”?

  3. Hello I would first like to give all thanks to the Lord. I am enrolled in North Carolina Theological Seminary I go to the satalite class which is call Bread of Heaven Pastor Kathy Moore is the Pastor of Greater Tabenacle which is were we Bread of Heaven use her church for college and it is a small place of worship and we do our bachlors class in the sanctuary. Pastor Kathy Moore is a wonderful women of God and is has a wonderful Pastor’s heart she is not my Pastor but it feels like she is when she is teaching us. I would love for her to have a bigger church and some room for our college that teach the women and men of God so they can go out and preach and teach the people of all walks of life that Jesus loves them and come and fellowship with us as God gives the increase please give Greater tabernacle, Pastor Kathy Moore room to serve the all people. Thank you so much and be blessed Malinda Cody

  4. Interestingly, I wrote about this concept in May before it was a series. Great show, but I’d like to see them tackle some churches in really dire straits. Blog post: “Church Rescue” Might Owe Me A Favor: http://fallenpastor.com/2013/11/18/church-rescue-might-owe-me-a-favor/

  5. kevin koehler

    yes we have a church in Lockhart that needs some help we were long time members until we got run off there’s no ministry no outreach in the church the
    church;s name is Tininty Baptist Church of Lockhart, Texas the church is control
    by Leroy Penniton and not the Lord.IT;S HIS WAY OR NO WAY

  6. BETHSHEBA MATTOX

    I SAW YOUR SHOW THE OTHER AND WAS TOUCHED BY HOW GOD HAD TOUCHED YOUR HEARTS TO HELP THAT PASTOR THAT WAS STUBBORN TO HELP HIM TARE DOWN THE WALL THAT NOT ONLY AROUND HIS HEART BUT HOW YOU STEP IN AND LED HIM TO DO WHAT GOD HAD PLANNED FOR HIM AND TO GROW AND DRAW THE PEOPLE IN TO HEAR WHAT THUS SAID THE LORD.I WAS SO IMPRESSED. BUT I PRAY AND AM ASKING YOU ALL TO PLEASES COME AND HELP OUR PASTOR FOR OUR CHURCH IS IN SUCH BAD SHAPE SOME DAYS I DONT EVEN GO BECAUSE I AM SO SCARED THAT ONE DAY WE WILL BE SITTING IN THERE AND THE WALLS MIGHT FALL IN OUR IT WILL CATCH A FIRE BUT THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD DWELLS WITHIN THE SERVICES AND I KNOW THAT IT IS HIM THAT IS KEEPING US SAFE, BUT THAT IS OUR PASTORS DREAM TI HAVE A BETTER SANCTUARY BEFORE GOD CLOSES HER EYES,HE HAS ALREADY CALLED HER HUSBAND ON HOME AND NOW THAT IT ANOTHER HEAVY LOAD THAT SHE IS CARRYING MISSING HIM HER BACKBONE PLEASE HELP US ANYWAY THAT YOU CAN.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH
    SIS. BETHSHEBA MATTOX
    2814470165
    OUR CHURCH: BLOOD COVENANT MIRACLE DELIVERANCE TEMPLE
    1901 FERGUSON WAY
    HOUSTON TEXAS 77088
    PASTOR: DR.DOROTHY STRUGHTER 2814488794

  7. Precious Porter

    I attend a small church in NE Washington DC.I would love to see the church done over. It is not very large. The members are few. I think the lack of heat and the mold is keeping those in need from coming in. We the members are few in number and really don’t have the funds to do what is needed. Please help.

  8. We have a church in an old hardware store in Kentucky . Everybody needs to come to the hardware store to fix something at least once in their lives. Little bit if church but a whole lot if God. I’d like assistant with accounting and outreach for those that God loves but the world doesn’t . We’re small but we have the love of God in our hearts. We need a church rescue for outreach of souls.. looks for us is for letting people know we’re not a temporary place…wanting a legacy to be left for the next generation.. A place away from Christians who are by name only… Church and hurt don’t belong together. If you can’t come… Pray.. It will move mountains and build foundations.

  9. I am a minister in my church as well as assistant youth pastor and am also the assistant chairman of the board of trustees. Another responsibility that I have is coordinating and prioritizing the things that need to be done in the church concerning any repairs and construction. I’m pretty much entering into these responsibilities as the guy who has to straighten out a mess. I love our church and I’ve been attending our church all of my life. (50 years almost) I want to do my very best to help make our church a better soul saving station. I take my responsibilities seriously and I would love nothing better than to be able to make the changes at our church that would take our church from good to great.(my pastors very words) there is way too much to mention in a message concerning things that need to be done in our church. I need some good advice and direction to be able to accomplish this task. please contact me if you would be interested in talking with me about this. I can also be reached by phone at 317 753 2398. Please leave a voice mail along with a contact number and contact name so that I can call back. Thank you and God bless….

  10. Church hoppers our church the baptist center located in Panama City Florida finds itself in a desperate financial situation. Our ministry is focused on meeting the needs of lower income individuals and families. We were originally founded and supported by the NAMB however that was more then 40 yrs ago and we now exist on donations from individuals and a few churches. Our ministry is very quickly running out of enough money to sustain our existence. I don’t want to come across in a prideful manner but we have had over a dozen professions of faith this year and ministered to well over 1000 individuals this year. Our director miss patty brown is a wonderful godly woman, however she is reluctant to ask for help. I have had the honor of serving as pastor for the 7+ yrs and I believe, I know God is in this ministry we just need some help in finding ways to generate more income to keep the ministry going.
    Thank you and may God bless your ministry.
    Bro. Jeff

  11. Linda B. Hornbuckle

    The church roof has caved in on the building that was hosting our ministry and now the city is threatening to tear it down. It is a historical landmark building, but not publicly designated as one yet because we do not have the funds to bring it up to code. Please help us to save this historical landmark. Thank you.

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