WALLINGFORD — They snap baseball bats, bend steel and rip phone books in half, but James Reid is hoping to shed new light on the ministry known as The Power Team.
Reid has wrapped up production on “Born Again: The Power Team Story,” a feature-length documentary chronicling the 30-year history of the group, which uses feats of strength to draw crowds to churches and illustrate the point that with the power of God, anything is possible.
Reid and the subjects of his movie have been on a two-month tour promoting the film and will be stopping at the Good News Christian Church, 46 John St., at 6 p.m. Saturday for a screening and a question-and-answer session. The public is invited.
The Power Team was founded in the late 1970s in Dallas but, Reid said, it gained prominence in the late 1980s when beefy actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and the stars of the World Wrestling Federation were popular. While filming, Reid spent about two years with the group, traveling all over the United States and even accompanying it on a trip to Israel.
At first glance the members may appear to be more jock than pastor, but Reid said they are very dedicated and devoted to scripture.
“They’re well-educated, well-spoken,” he said. “People have these preconceived notions that they are a bunch of meatheads. People have a tendency to look at something different or strange and judge it.”
Accompanying Reid Saturday will be Jeremy Baker, a former member of The Power Team and subject of the documentary who went on to start his own feats of strength ministry, Xtreme Impact, which performed at Good News Christian Church last fall.
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