Videographers enhance MBC evangelism efforts
By Allen Palmeri
January 20, 2004
JEFFERSON CITY – Videographers Nathan Kimbrough and Brandon Goodwin have produced a series of videos for the Missouri Baptist Convention’s (MBC) Evangelism Department that sheds light on the work of missionaries around the state.
“I believe these guys bring clarity to ministry," said Bob Caldwell, Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) director of evangelism. “An individual can sit and listen to a missionary and understand, but if they have an opportunity to not only listen but look into the eyes of those the missionary is trying to reach, it gives you insight in a deeper way.
“We’re going to be able to communicate to the masses in a very clear way because of the videos that these guys have produced."
Kimbrough, 22, and Goodwin, 19, completed 2-4 minute videos on all-night softball evangelism, horse whisperer evangelism, summer missions projects in Houston, Texas, St. Louis and Kansas City, evangelism tents at county fairs and the State Fair, Super Summer and Real Ministry. They also produced an 8-10 minute video on how Missouri needs Jesus.
The videos were unveiled Jan. 12-13 at the MBC Evangelism Conference at Second Baptist Church, Springfield, and will be mailed this year to directors of missions on DVD, Caldwell said.
Kimbrough and Goodwin are freelancers who work as a team. As a general rule, Kimbrough does the shooting and Goodwin does the editing. Both call Springhill Baptist Church, Springfield, home.
“We’re friends that work together," Goodwin said. “We’re not co-workers who are friends, which is nice."
Kimbrough has the bulk of the experience, going back to a television class he took when he was a junior in high school. He adapted really well to that class, he said, leading him to pursue videography as a vocation. He now does church promotional videos and would like to branch out into the foreign mission field.
For a missionary who may be six months from a furlough, Kimbrough would like to spend two weeks with them to produce a 3-5 minute video that can be used in various ways—in talks to churches, for family members, as a commercial on local television or to cast vision for a mission project.
“Basically, I would ask for them to pay for the room and board and then maybe a small amount, maybe $100 a week or something, just to pay for my equipment and insurance," he said. “Once I get there, I’d like to take a train which may cost $25 or $30 and just go from missionary to missionary in an area—just localize myself for maybe a year in say, South America ."
Goodwin is an actor with the faith-based Clear Vision Drama Co. His video production work springs forth out of the art that he participates in as a member of the troupe. His time on the tour bus is often spent editing videotape.
“I see my videos as art," he said. “The biggest thing with me in art is that art isn’t there to answer questions, art’s purpose is to ask the questions. That’s really what I like to do. That’s the most rewarding thing."