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Josh Childs narrates the Emmy award-winning short documentary film,

Photo courtesy of Discipleship Ministries

Josh Childs narrates the Emmy award-winning short documentary film, "Francis Asbury: A Flame Spirit."

Photo courtesy of Discipleship Ministries

Narrator Josh Childs tells of Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke's roles in the early years of American Methodism.

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Francis Asbury film wins three regional Emmys



A short documentary film outlining the impact of Francis Asbury on The United Methodist Church won three regional awards at the 30th Midsouth Emmy® Gala sponsored by the Nashville/Midsouth Region of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

"Francis Asbury: A Flame Spirit" was nominated for nine Emmys. The Rev. Steve Horswill-Johnston, executive director of communications and brand strategy at Discipleship Ministries, received the Emmy for Writer/Short Form. The Emmys for set design went to crewmembers Matthew Pessoni, Duncan Ragsdale, Scott C. Jackson and Scott Pessoni. Matthew Pessoni also won for lighting.



Written and directed by Horswill-Johnston, the documentary features Josh Childs who plays "Chuck" on the popular web series, "Chuck Knows Church." It was filmed at two of the oldest American Methodist chapels – St. George's Chapel in Philadelphia and Barratt's Chapel in Dover, Delaware.

The film was the brainchild of the Rev. Alfred T. Day III, general secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History, which coproduced the documentary with Discipleship Ministries.The production utilized crew and studio facilities at United Methodist Communications.

"The United Methodist Church marked an important milestone in our history (in 2016) when we commemorated the 200th anniversary of the death of Francis Asbury, one of the founding bishops of the Methodist Church in America," Day said. "This documentary focused our attention on the life of Asbury, and we are proud to be one of the sponsors of this award-winning production."

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