Bill and Cyndi Bryan, local business owners and members of Brookside Church in Minneola, have started a new ministry there called Reels on Wheels.
The Bryans, under the direction of senior pastors Wade and Julie Davis, hope to bring local families together at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of every month for a free movie.
The church is located at 120 W. Washington St. in Minneola, and Friday’s showing of “God’s not Dead” will be the kickoff.
“We are wanting to bring families together, and what better way than a movie night?” Cyndi Bryan said, adding that every movie they show will have a Christian or family-related message.
As former owners of a Java & Jesus, a Christian bookstore and coffee shop that was in downtown Clermont, the Bryans were interested in showing movies to their customers but didn’t have a license.
Now, however, the Bryans are licensed through the Pureflix Movie Ministry. And with Brookside as their venue, Bryan said the pairing is perfect.
“This is good, clean entertainment we are bringing, and I think people will not only like the venue but the movies,” Bryan said. “The movies will not necessarily be all Christian movies all the time, but they will have a positive and inspiring message.”
Bryan said she expects many great things to come of the couple’s new venture because of the way movies seem to touch people.
In fact, Bryan was introduced to God through a movie.
“Growing up, my family was not a religious one and we didn’t go to church or anything. But when I was a bit older, someone invited me to a movie night. It was a drive-in Christian mobile setup, and at the end of the movie, there was a chance to accept God and I did. That was about 36 years ago,” Bryan said.
Bryan said the decision to sign on with Pureflix was a simple one.
“I knew it (Reels on Wheels) was what we should be doing. I thought, ‘I get to give back in the same way,’ and I feel like I’ve come full circle almost.”
Bryan said this month’s movie, “God’s Not Dead,” is about a college professor who gives his young students an assignment: to write “God is dead” on a piece of paper or fail the class.
When one student refuses, the professor gives the entire class three days to present arguments about why he is wrong, or they all fail.
“It’s a very good movie that I think people will really like and may have already heard about because its message is one that has really caught on and that is all over the Internet,” Bryan said.
Bryan said at the showing, patrons will have the opportunity to order the DVD of “God’s Not Dead” at a special price before it’s available in stores on Aug. 5.
For information on Friday’s movie or future ones, call Pastor Wade at 931-237-7500 or Bryan at 407-346-3345.