Christian Homes & Family Services conducted the God’s Not Dead dinner Monday night to benefit the organization.
Kevin Sorbo, an actor who played the role of an atheist philosophy professor in God’s Not Dead, was featured as the guest speaker of the event.
Christian Homes is a 52-year-old local adoption agency and maternity care ministry that prepares Christian couples to adopt and provides foster homes for children taken in by Child Protective Services.
Proceeds raised from the event went toward maternity care for women who experience unplanned pregnancies.
In the movie, released in March, Sorbo’s character challenges his philosophy class to support his belief that God is dead.
Later, the audience realizes his character is setting the stage for a biblical lesson learned just in time for the Easter holiday.
Sorbo may have played the role of an atheist on screen, but off screen, he is known as a devout Christian to viewers.
“In crazy Hollywood, Kevin and his wife are exceptions,” said Sherri Statler, ACU alumna and president of Christians Homes & Family Services. “They are Christians, pro-life advocates and spokesmen for organizations that promote Godly, family values. I was pleasantly surprised to learn about his background and very excited that he accepted our invitation to speak in Abilene.”
Sorbo is known for his roles in several movies, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Andromeda, Soul Surfer and Hallmark’s The Santa Suit.
Sorbo also leads A World Fit For Kids, an organization that provides mentors and trains inner-city kids to become positive role models for younger children.
In 1997, the organization was awarded the Governor’s Gold Star recognizing it as the most successful after-school program in the state of California.
“I’m not the perfect Christian; I don’t pretend to be,” Sorbo said in a released statement. “I’m sure there are smarter atheists out there that can make me look like a complete fool, but that’s why they call it faith. If I’m wrong, I’ve lost nothing, and if I’m right I’ve gained everything.”