Eric Close

Eric Close is best known for his starring role in the hit series Nashville and Clint Eastwood’s movie American Sniper. In addition to acting, he directed episodes of Nashville and six films with Crown Media, including A Christmas Love Story and his latest, Sugar Plum Twist. Earlier in his career, Eric starred for almost a decade on the critically acclaimed series, Without A Trace, which was nominated for a Golden Globe for best ensemble cast. He also starred in the series Chaos and Suits. His movie roles include The Mulligan, Legal Action, and Indivisible. Other credits include American Horror Story, The Magnificent Seven, Now And Again, Dark Skies, McKenna, Seven Deadly Sins, Christmas Crime Story, Hercules, Follow The Stars Home, The Stranger Beside Me, Long Island Fever, Without Consent, Unanswered Prayers, and the Golden Globe nominated mini-series Taken.

Amy Acker

A Texas native and graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Acting, Amy Acker first gained recognition for her starring role as Winifred “Fred” Burkle on the television series Angel, winning a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series. Recent television roles include Marvel’s The Gifted, Person of Interest, Alias, Dollhouse, and Happy Town.” Guest-starring roles include Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, Agents of Shield, How I Met Your Mother, TheGood Wife, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, No Ordinary Family, Private Practice, Supernatural, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Her movies include Much Ado About Nothing, Cabin In The Woods, Sironia, Amanda And Jack Go Glamping,Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife, 21 And A Wake-Up, The Novice, Groom Lake, The Accident, and Catch Me If You Can.

Coach Joe Kennedy

A 20-year Marine veteran, Coach Joe Kennedy was an assistant coach for the Bremerton High School varsity football team. Before he coached his first game, he made a commitment to God: he would give thanks at the conclusion of each game for what the players had accomplished and for the opportunity to be part of their lives through football. His actions were met with disapproval from his school district, leading to a lengthy court battle. On June 27, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Coach Kennedy and his First Amendment right. The following March, Coach Kennedy was officially reinstated as an assistant coach at the school, and he’s excited to be back with his team. Joe and his wife Denise are parents to four and reside in Pensacola. AVERAGE JOE is inspired by his life and the book detailing his journey, also entitled Average Joe, was released in 2023. Joe continues to speak across the country promoting freedom of speech. Learn more here.


Harold Cronk is an award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer. His first short film, War Prayer, earned him Best Director at the 2006 Beverly Hills International Film Festival. He then founded 10 West Studios in his native west Michigan, producing family friendly entertainment. Among the studio’s more than a dozen films are The Adventures Of Mickey Matson And The Copperhead Treasure and Pirate’s Code, both written and directed by Harold. His first box-office hit, God’s Not Dead, and its sequel, God’s Not Dead 2, led to him directing Unbroken: Path To Redemption, which won the Movieguide award for Best Film for Mature Audiences. He also directed God Bless the Broken Road. Most recently, he won his first Emmy® award for outstanding directing of The Quest, a high-concept family adventure series for Disney+. With several projects currently in development, his films to date have grossed more than $100 million dollars in the domestic box office.