Welcome to Paradise (2007)
Reverand Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) and her son, Hayden (Bobby Edner), are forced to move to Paradise, Texas due to the unorthodox methods Debbie uses in her sermons.
WELCOME TO PARADISE is the inspirational family story of a preacher who is sent from a big city church to Paradise, a small, rural community that is in desperate need of direction. The fact that the preacher is named Debbie only complicates things. She finds a town that is stuck in complacency as well as a town that turns its back on its neediest neighbors. Debbie begins building a new vision for her congregation and the veil of indifference starts to lift. When the Paradise Church is accidentally burned down, and it's charter is in danger of being revoked, the members rally around Debbie and in doing so, realize that a "church" is defined by it's community, not by the four walls that house a Sunday Service. Debbie's kindness and insight bring a blast of fresh air to this out of the way country town. It also brings her a second chance at love.
Reverand Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) and her son, Hayden (Bobby Edner), are forced to move to Paradise, Texas due to the unorthodox methods Debbie uses in her sermons. They meet a lot of resistance from Paradise church-goers who don't believe in female ministers. When the Paradise church burns down, however, Debbie and the church group ally together to rebuild another church before Sunday, where the district bishop decides whether or not to let the charter stand. Welcome to Paradise.
- According to the Dove Foundation...
WELCOME TO PARADISE is an inspirational family film about a preacher, Debbie Laramie (Crystal Bernard) and her son Hayden (Bobby Edner). They are sent from a big city church to the small town of Paradise, where Debbie finds a community in desperate need of direction and a town that turns its back on its neediest neighbors.
She begins to build a new vision for her congregation that embraces everyone, even the poor and outcast, and the veil of indifference begins to lift. Debbie invites Trevor Goodman, (Lou Beatty, JR.) an elderly black man living on the streets, to sing at the church service. As the church begins to embrace Debbie's methods, the congregation begins to find their own sense of inspiration, tolerance and consideration. Something happens that might cause the church's charter to be revoked.
Dove Worldview: This fantastic story is about love, faith, endurance, and forgiveness. Crystal Bernard brings her character to life with her easy going style and sweet smile that makes you part of the congregation. This uplifting movie includes some wonderful music and inspirational messages that will leave the entire family blessed and entertained.