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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

"Average Joe" Profiles a High School Coach who Fought for His Right to Pray Publicly

The faith-based picture is coming to the silver screen this fall.

Lead actor Eric Close prays in a scene from "Average Joe."
Lead actor Eric Close prays in a scene from "Average Joe." Image: Collide Media Group.

Based on a true story, Average Joe recounts a high-profile legal battle that played out in the national news and pit Bremerton, Washington-assistant coach Joe Kennedy against school district officials who opposed his practice of praying on the field after his team's football games. He lost his job in the process before ultimately winning his case at the United States Supreme Court in the summer of 2022.

Not only does the movie tell a tale of courageous Christian convictions, it also features quality Christian filmmakers in lead actor Eric Close (The Mulligan, Indivisible) and director Harold Cronk (God's Not Dead, God's Not Dead 2). And the production company behind this project - GND Media Group - produced those two pictures from Cronk as well as last year's The Blind, a biopic about Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson and his faith journey.

Average Joe will hit the big screen at theaters across America on October 10th. It is being distributed by Fathom Events, which specializes in limited releases, so this is likely to have a shorter than normal theatrical run. Christian Film Blog will follow the details and bring them to you as we get them. In the meantime, check out the teaser trailer below to get a better sense of what to expect.


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