‘I Fear God’: Christian Movie Star Reveals How He Came to Christ, And Now Sees Hollywood as a Mission Field

‘I Fear God’: Christian Movie Star Reveals How He Came to Christ, And Now Sees Hollywood as a Mission Field By  for Faith Wire

For T.C. Stallings, acting wasn’t always the plan.

Known for his roles in faith-based movies like “Courageous” and “War Room,” Stallings has carved out a niche for himself in the entertainment industry. It wasn’t until he landed a very small featured extra role in the 2010 film “Secretariat,” though, that he even knew he wanted to make a career out of acting.

Stallings’ original plan was football. But, as is often the case, God had something different in store.

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The 44-year-old actor explained this week on “The Prodigal Stories Podcast” that acting was something he was always interested in, but wasn’t sure it would pan out. Regardless, Stallings — a Christian — said his No. 1 priority is using his work, wherever it might be, as a vehicle to share his faith.

“For me, when I read Scripture, I realize that’s why I’m here,” he said. “Once I realized that, I want to live out my God-given purpose — and I trade in what I want for what He wants — that’s why I just try to use all my gifts and talents for Him.”

Acting, he continued, “just gives me an opportunity to reflect all the glory toward Him.”

While Stallings is known for starring in faith-based films — including the upcoming Christian movie “No Vacancy” — he wasn’t raised in a devoutly Christian home, though his mother was a strong believer who kept him in church.

Looking back, though, Stallings said his faith was “habitual” and not authentic. It wasn’t until his sophomore year of college that Stallings actually encountered Jesus in a real way.

“I thought I was doing the right thing,” Stallings said of how he was living. “I would go to church and go to [Fellowship of Christian Athletes], stuff like that. I was one of those people — I was an outspoken type of Christian, too. I just innocently thought I was doing enough, you know?”

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