Terry has been writing, acting, and producing gospel plays for more than 30 years. He currently serves as the Dramatic Arts Coordinator at the Calvary Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He has written numerous full-production Christian plays as well as short sketches, monologues, and reader’s theater presentations for use in worship services. Terry has traveled throughout Maryland, and in Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina ministering the Word of God through drama in churches, auditoriums, malls, parks, and within the prison system. An excellent speaker and presenter, Terry conducted drama sessions at the Black Education Conference and the Fellowship of Christian Puppeteers Conference. In 2009, Terry co-wrote and co-produced the faith-based film “A Tweet From God” for Basileia Pictures, www.tfh-themovie.com.
Terry’s passion and vision for Gospel Script is to promote the use of drama as an effective tool for ministry in the church, the community, and throughout the world.
“We have the challenge of ministering to a “visual” generation. The youth and young adults of today have grown up with visual stimuli their entire life: TV, video games, music videos, computer graphics, facebook, youtube, instagam, etc. In order to communicate God’s Word and His message we must first get the “undivided” attention of the people. Jesus wants us to be fishers of men! Drama, and other creative art presentations, is the bait, so that we might hook them on the Word of God. God is calling upon us to use all of the gifts and talents He has given to us for His purpose and for His glory”.
About the Ministry of Drama
The mission of a drama ministry is to present the message of God’s love, grace, forgiveness, judgment, and salvation through dramatic presentations that will entertain, educate, and encourage the audience, sponsors, cast, and crew to live for Christ.
In Ezekiel 3:1-3, God tells Ezekiel to demonstrate (act out) the coming judgement to Israel. God used a visual demonstration; He had Ezekiel dramatize His message to the people of Jerusalem, in the hope that they would better understand. Thus, there is a place for drama as part of our ministry offering to present God’s word in a unique way to help people better understand. There’s a familiar saying, “Seeing is believing”. Combining our sense of hearing the Word with our sense of seeing the Word in action is a powerful and effective tool for ministry.
Ministering through drama is also a non-threatening medium to communicate thought-provoking and convicting messages. The audience can “see themselves” in the characters; leading them to a life change toward God
.If your church has not embraced drama, dance, or other creative arts, I encourage you to consider doing so. Drama can be used to enhance your worship service, for special programs, outreach evangelism, and much more.