Ken Wales went to be with the Lord

I just found out that Ken Wales went to be with the Lord on August 21. The news brought back a flood of memories.

Sometime in 2004 I heard from my friend Sean Gaffney that Ken, who had produced the original Pink Panther films, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Christy, and many others, was interested in producing the rest of the Chariots of Fire story. I was working on Beyond the Chariots, my one-man play that tells that story, at the time, so I was very interested in auditioning for Eric Liddell in the film. 

At the time I knew they were working on Amazing Grace, so I was shocked when Ken called me up. I told him about my play and hoped he could see a reading of it at a Christians in Theatre Arts gathering near him that year, hoping he'd think of me for Liddell. He shocked me again when he mentioned that they didn't have a script yet! 

In 2006 I was back in LA, and I invited him to a performance. He saw it, and took the stage afterward to tell the audience how much he loved it. At a late dinner he invited me to work on the screenplay. 

I invited him to teach at the MasterWorks Festival two different summers, and he always made an effort to meet with each student, to hear their dreams and encourage them. One of the reasons he was so enthusiastic about encouraging the next generation was that Walt Disney invited him to stay in his home when Ken was in high school. Walt wanted to hear from a young person, and Ken's principal recommended him. At the end of the week, Walt took him around Disneyland, which I believe was still in testing mode at the time. On the It's a Small World ride Walt asked Ken what he wanted to do in life. When Ken told him he wanted to make movies, Walt took out his personal checkbook and wrote out a check for Ken's tuition for five years at the University of Southern California film school. 

At MasterWorks and Christians in Theatre Arts, Ken would stay up until the wee hours telling stories of his adventures in Hollywood with students. I remember being shocked once that he beat me to the classroom where he was teaching first thing in the morning after he'd kept many of us up past 2:00 a.m.!

Ken's greatest help with my career was probably when he recommended me for Alone Yet Not Alone, which he was producing. I landed a small role, but it connected me with so many wonderful people that I've worked with over the years. 

Sadly, Ken got dementia before we were able to get our screenplay to market. 

I got to visit Ken once after that. I made him weep as I reminded him of some of the stories he told me and thanked him for his great influence on my life and career. I'll always be glad I was able to spend that time with him. 

Join me in praying for more mentors and producers like Ken to rise up and create films that point people to Christ. 

Here's a great article on the MovieGuide website: 

AMAZING GRACE Producer and Friend of Movieguide® Ken Wales Dies


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Revel in the Lord!


Joyce invites us to revel in the Lord as she leads us through Isaiah 61:10-11. I read Isaiah 61.

This was a part of this morning's service at Westchester Chapel.



If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" by Joachim Neander, pub. 1680 tr. by Catherine Winkworth, 1863. Performed by the Bethel Choir and used by permission. 

I play a lead in Providence, which you can bring to your area.

The Story that Connected Rich and Joyce

Dr. Linda Warren tells a story that sets up the story of Joyce and myself. The personal epiphany she explains as she unpacks Isaiah 61:1-4 happened not long before she became Joyce's boss at Sports Illustrated in the early 90s. If what you're about to hear hadn't happened, I might never have met Joyce, or if we would have met we most likely wouldn't have had 23 years of wedded bliss and counting.

Pastor Jim Warren opens the service at Westchester Chapel with Psalm 103. Pastor Rachel Taylor prays over the service. 
 



This service is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

If you want to know more about starting a relationship with Jesus Christ visit www.WestchesterChapel.org/Salvation.

Several from Westchester Chapel visited Nazareth Village while performing and teaching in Jordan and Israel in 2011. They have a synagogue set up as it likely was in Jesus' day, and the scroll of Isaiah is unrolled to Chapter 61. 




I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Pray Over Broadway Live: The Lyric Theatre (Second Prayer)

From my devotion this morning: 'Who Controls Your Thoughts?'. Check it out here: https://www.bible.com/en/reading-plans/26468 Here’s the full and correct translation: “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” ‭‭John‬ ‭8:44‬ ‭ESV‬‬ https://bible.com/bible/59/jhn.8.44.ESV Joyce Swingle’s article on witchcraft can be found at www.RichDrama.com/PrayWithOthersLive (7/13). www.RichDrama.com/WhatsAGirlToDo #PrayOverBroadwayLive

Posted by Rich Swingle on Thursday, August 5, 2021

I released “Pentecost: Beyond the Imagination,” a scene from my one-man play, The Actsat www.RichDrama.com/Pentecost.


Pray With Others Live: Praise in Portland and To Vax or not to Vax: Should this Be the Question?

Joyce's article on vaccinations was one of those featured on www.HeadlinePrayer.com that we covered yesterday. Also, having been raised in Oregon, I was glad to lead people in praying over articles on the recent Antifa attacks on Evangelical worshipers, including children and the triumphant praise by Sean Feucht and #LetUsWorship in the same park the next night, planned four months in advance!


Here was my prayer in Downtown Portland last September:


Here's the interview with the Black conservative preacher's son who was attacked by Antifa on August 7:



Joyce and I are featured on Pray with Others Live the second Tuesday of every month, and on other days as relevant. Sign up for alerts and call-in info at www.RichDrama.com/Prayer.


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Prison Letters

I'm playing a homeless man in the Times Square Church film series Prison Letters. Each one opens with Paul writing from prison, then jumping to the present where the principles are worked out. 

This is my second production with TSC, after playing one of Peter's accusers in Three Days Later, which you can watch for free at www.RichDrama.com/ThreeDaysLater

It's always a joy to connect with Patricia Mauceri, who reached out to me about this. She and I worked together at the MasterWorks Festival for a decade. I also love working with the director, Pastor David Ham. In the photo below, he and I are messed up after talking about how the Lord is tangibly at work through this production already! 


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Pray Over Broadway Live clips from Pray with Others Live

Intercessors for America pulled clips from our Pray with Others Live program in which I led prayer over Broadway:


See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance

Gemma Wenger's Hollywood

I was delighted to do this interview with Gemma Wenger at the International Christian Film and Music Festival. We talked about my work in the film 2nd Chances, which was recently released. 

Joshua Carpenter joins the interview and talks about how he recognized me, and I won't spoil the discovery of why. The world got smaller and the Kingdom bigger that night, when Joshua presented the award for Audience Choice Actor of the Year
 
See the rest of Olympic champion Eric Liddell's Chariots of Fire story in Beyond the Chariots. Watch it online and book a live performance.