People of Faith: Christianity in America

People of Faith: Christianity in America, a 6-part DVD documentary series, takes a look at key themes, controversies, and personages in the history of the American Church.


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 4 stars:  "...a balanced and informative look at an important aspect of American history and culture over the centuries, this is highly recommended."  --Video Librarian magazine (July/Aug. 2012)

Winner of the 2013 "Silver Remi" award for best documentary in Religion, Ethics, and Spirituality at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival 



Winner of the International Christian Visual Media group's 2012 "Bronze Crown" award for "Best Series"

Read an interview about People of Faith on the Lilly Endowment's "Resourcing Christianity" webpage with the ISAE's Larry Eskridge>>

At over three hours in total length, People of Faith is aimed particularly at church-based adult education classes and small groups in an effort to promote both general knowledge about Church History and discussion about the historic, contemporary and future role of the Church in American culture and society.  The six programs include “Faith in the New World: From Monarchs to the Marketplace” (a basic historical overview), “Many Mansions” (a look at the diversity within American Christianity), “Rebels With a Cause” (a look at some of the ways in which the Church has been involved in social and political reform and disputes), “The Challenges of Change” (the role of innovation in shaping the historic and contemporary Church), “Homegrown Saints” (stories of ten important and representative figures in the sweep of American Church History), and “The Future of Faith” (A discussion of current issues and future directions).

Made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the series features interviews with over thirty scholars and church figures, including such luminaries as Mark Noll, Martin Marty, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and R. Laurence Moore. The series was written by veteran author Steve Rabey and has been crafted by producer/director Tim Frakes with assistance from documentarian Paul Butler.

People of Faith is now for sale, complete with study guides and support materials, and is available from Vision Video, the largest video distributor to the church market. Watch a trailer and follow the link to Vision Video for more information or to purchase the video.  

A 2012 issue of Christian History magazine also features articles reflecting the People of Faith series. Read more about our partner publication.

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This project was funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment >>

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