‘What if …’ – Area church sponsors movie at Brighton AMC Friday

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By Christine Hollister

    What if you had a second chance at life?  
    The Christian movie, “What if …” explores that notion. The movie will be shown at the AMC Showplace Brighton 12 theaters in the Brighton Pavilions Friday. Regular movie prices will apply and movie times were yet to be determined as of press time Tuesday. Call the theater, 303-655-1255, for times and additional information. 

    Destination Church in Fort Lupton is sponsoring the movie and bringing it to Brighton as one of just a few showings in the state. Pastor Perry Bell of Destination Church had the opportunity to attend a screening of the movie earlier this fall and knew it was one he wanted more people to see.
    “It’s a great family movie that anybody can go to,” he said. “It has a superb message to it.”
    In “What if …” John Ratzenberger of “Cheers” fame stars as Mike, an angel/tow truck driver, who visits Kevin Sorbo’s character, Ben Walker, after his Mercedes breaks down on the highway. Walker left his college sweetheart Wendy (Kristy Swanson) and his calling to be a preacher 15 years prior to pursue a business opportunity. Now, with a high-paying executive gig, a trophy fiancé and the new car, he hadn’t considered a family or felt the need to set foot in a church in 15 years.
    But God had other plans. While on a thrill ride outside the city, the new Mercedes mysteriously breaks down, and Ben is visited by Mike, who shows him what his life could have looked like if he had followed his true calling. Suddenly Ben wakes up in the middle of chaos as his wife Wendy and daughters are getting ready for church, where Ben is the new pastor. Before Ben can return to his life, he must embrace the reality and discover the value of faith and family.
    “It’s just a good family movie,” Bell said. “And it’s a great story. It has all of the components of a good night of entertainment: tears, laughter, drama and comedy.”
    Bell laughed about a scene in the movie where the main character suddenly finds himself as a new pastor having to give his sermon and remembers his own first sermon as a pastor in 1982. He holds a masters of divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary and served as a Lutheran pastor for many years. He also has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and has an office in Fort Lupton.
    Destination Church began at Bell’s home in Brighton as a Bible study just over a year ago. The church has grown quickly and now nearly 60 members meet on Sundays at 10 a.m. to worship at the Fort Lupton Recreation Center. It also offers Sunday school for adults and children at 9 a.m.
    Bell said he refers to his church as an interdenominational church, rather than a non-denominational one.
    “We found that we’re picking up people who have been hurt by other churches,” he said. “We wanted to build our church on relationships. First on Him, then to each other.
    “We agree that Jesus is Lord, He is our savior,” he continued. “And we’re here to take care of each other. We take care of people from a Christian perspective.”
    Bell was raised in Wisconsin and has lived in Colorado since 1999. Bell and his wife, Colleen, have five grown children and two grandchildren. In addition to serving the Lord, his family and his community, Bell’s other love is music. He has been a part of the Colorado Symphony for several years.
    Bell encourages members of the local community to stop by the Brighton theaters Friday to see “What if …”
    “It’s a good message to send to Hollywood, that we want more movies like this,” he said.
    For more information, visit www.whatif-movie.com or www.destinationonline.org.