• Thomas Bonifield

Danica McKellar "Experiencing a Relationship with God and Jesus"

Updated: Jul 8

The "Wonder Years" star is at the beginning of her faith journey and is getting a helping hand from fellow actress and devout Believer Candace Cameron Bure.

Danica McKellar in a screenshot from her recent TV movie, "The Winter Palace" on GAC Family.
Danica McKellar in a screenshot from her recent TV movie, "The Winter Palace." Image: GAC Family.

Danica McKellar has been well-known on the small screen since she was a child starring as Winnie Cooper on all six seasons of The Wonder Years. Now 47 and a veteran of the acting game, the wife and mother is, however, new to the Christian Faith.


Perhaps because of the public nature of her profession, she is using social media to openly share her journey of discovery of our Heavenly Father's love. We at Christian Film Blog find it heartwarming to see her sincere, almost child-like amazement, as her eyes are opened.


The California native, who late last year became one of the first prominent Hallmark Channel actors to switch to the new GAC Family network, put up a post yesterday that we cannot get enough of. It features both a written message and a video of her speaking extemporaneously into the camera, ruminating about her recent acceptance of Christianity, and the joy she is feeling because of it.

"I can tell you I'm experiencing a relationship with God and Jesus that I've never had before, and it feels miraculous."

In the livestream, McKellar mentions that her father became a Christian several decades ago, but she never did, citing her previously long-held bias against the Faith because of its "being used for evil, power and control through history," as she put it. God has apparently chosen her fellow actress, Candace Cameron Bure, as an instrument to help change McKellar's heart and lead her to Him.

"It all started one evening when I was struggling with the idea of forgiveness and DM'd (direct messaged) my good friend @candacecbure about a passage from the Bible she had read on her Instastories, and then she sent me a Bible, and invited me to church...🥰"

McKellar also displays that Bible, which she's been reading since she received it. And in a previous social media missive - featuring her posing together with Cameron Bure - she acknowledged that she took the Fuller House star up on her offer and they attended church together on Palm Sunday; she called it "beautiful and life-affirming."


Candace Cameron Bure, right, and Danica McKellar pose for a picture after recently attending church together.
Candace Cameron Bure, left, and Danica McKellar pose for a picture after recently attending church together. Image: Danica McKellar/Instagram.

Regularly throughout her social media transmission, which runs almost 19 minutes, McKellar's eyes go back and forth from the camera lens to a screen below where she reads direct messages from fans. She also seems at times to be thinking out loud, asking questions like "What is the Holy Spirit?", repeatedly acknowledging that she is only just starting her journey, is still "learning" and thus doesn't "know much."


Her frankness, vulnerability - she chokes up at one point - and a sense of wonder are extremely appealing and make this worth watching, which you can do here. We feel confident it will inspire and uplift you.


McKellar adds that she is looking for a church near her home in Southern California, because Cameron Bure's is too far away to attend regularly. Both women, by the way are now at GAC Family, as we recently wrote, and you can catch an encore showing of McKellar's first movie for the network - The Winter Palace - this Saturdary, April 30th at 6:00 PM EDT/3:00 PM PDT on the channel.


In the meantime, we at Christian Film Blog ask that you join us in lifting Danica McKellar up in prayer as she reaches out to the Redeemer: Heavenly Father, please touch our new sister in Christ as only you can. Open her eyes and her heart to You, draw her by the power of Your Holy Spirit into the Body, and use her to Your glory as she grows in the Faith. In Jesus' matchless name, amen!