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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Alex Kendrick Thanks God Despite a Tough Year with Serious Ailments

Updated: Sep 4, 2023

The Christian filmmaker suffered a stroke earlier and is currently recovering from cancer surgery.

Alex Kendrick and his wife Christina pose for a picture on Thanksgiving Day, 2022.
Alex Kendrick and his wife Christina pose for a picture on Thanksgiving Day, 2022. Image: Alex Kendrick/Instagram.

Alex Kendrick took the opportunity to publicly praise God this Thanksgiving, saying in a social media post he is "especially thankful." And he clearly has much to be thankful for after facing some concerning challenges on the health front.

The 52-year-old former pastor, who makes up half of the Kendrick Brothers filmmaking duo together with his younger sibling Stephen Kendrick, stated that he suffered a minor stroke earlier this year and then was diagnosed with melanoma. He is recovering from surgery last week to remove it, adding in the aforementioned missive that he just got word from his doctor that tests indicate his "margins are clear. No cancer!"

Kendrick, who has directed and acted in hit faith-based films like Courageous, War Room and Overcomer, says that he and his wife Christina are "grateful to the Lord for who He is and what He's done."

"God doesn’t owe us anything. But He walks with us through the hard days because He’s loving, faithful, powerful, and kind. Praise the Lord! Thank you, Jesus!!"

A father of six children, Kendrick was able to enjoy the company of his entire brood this Thanksgiving, as the family all gathered together for the big day. Please join us in lifting him up in prayer: Heavenly Father, please heal our brother, Alex, draw him closer to you and use him to your glory. In Jesus' name, Amen!

One final note: Alex Kendrick's latest movie, Lifemark, which stars him and Kirk Cameron and played earlier this year in theaters, is currently available to pre-order here in digital or DVD format and will release on December 13th.


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