Today was our first day at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. Such a beautiful location and such a fun event. Each year thousands of media related  businesses, organizations, and individuals come to attend workshops and lectures, press conferences, and socials. There’s truly something for everyone involved in film, television, and radio, as well as anyone who wants to connect with the media.


We began the day with workshops. I attended the Film Budget workshop led by David Nixon and Paul Sirmons. For me, the best part of the workshop was the firsthand stories of filming the Sherwood movies Facing the Giants and Fireproof. Which makes sense, since I love behind the scenes stories. Fred attended the Video Editing class and was pleased to discover that Kirk Guillot from CBN Nashville shoots with the same camera as him. 

After lunch we kicked off our interview time with an interview with NRB Network CEO Troy Miller. It was a perfect fit for Faith Flix as he shared about how NRB Network was created as a sort of PBS for faith content, a place where independent filmmakers could share their work. 

With Josh Newell

Next, we interviewed Josh Newell, Marketing and Communications Director for the Jesus Film Project. It’s an amazing story of a movie created in the 70’s that has been used to change lives all over the world. They are celebrating the film’s 35th anniversary with a re-release that includes post work on color and sound and a new soundtrack. 

Next on the agenda was pastor’s wife Donna Gaines. She shared about her new book Leaving Ordinary; Encounter God Through Extraordinary Prayer. We also talked about her involvement in the Memphis community with her ministry ARISE Memphis and the Pastor’s Wives Session of the Southern Baptist Convention, which she initiated. 

With Guy Noland and Suzanne Niles of SAVNtv

Finally, a chance encounter in an elevator led to an interview with Guy Noland of SAVN-tv, the Salvation Army Vision Network. He told us about their short documentary that was premiering at the convention as well as a feature documentary they’re working on called Hard Corps about addictions that lead to human trafficking. 

All in all, it was a productive and fun day of visiting with old friends and making new friends. Stay tuned in the next few weeks as we post the video interviews. 


About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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