When we last saw Ken Bevel on the movie screen, he was playing Lt. Michael Simmons, a firefighter challenging his best friend to stay true to his marriage vows. Acting in the 2008 film Fireproof was the last thing this active Marine ever expected to be doing in his life.
But sometime next year, Ken will once again be seen on the big screen. In Courageous, he plays one of five friends wrestling with what God desires a good father to be.
“When they began auditions, I said, ‘God, if you can use me one time, you certainly can do it again,’” Ken says. “There was a hesitancy about doing this again. But as I prayed, God made it evidently clear that this is what I was supposed to do.”
In the movie, Ken plays Nathan Hayes, a Sheriff’s officer with three children: a teenage daughter, a son in grade school, and a toddler, who is played by Ken’s real son.
“Nathan grew up without a father, but he had a mentor that helped steer him in the right direction,” Ken says. “He longs to be a good father and is willing to work to become a better dad.”
Ken’s prayer is that Courageous will make as big of an impact on fathers—including himself—as Fireproof did on husbands and wives.
“Because of Fireproof and now Courageous, I have a deeper biblical view of the relationships that are most important in my life—my wife and my children,” Ken says.
In everyday life, Capt. Ken Bevel is still in the Marine Corps. He will be retiring in 2011 after 20 years of active duty. While not knowing exactly what his next step will be, he has felt the call to fulltime ministry.
“Because of Fireproof, I’ve had the opportunity to visit and speak at a number of incredible events around the world,” Ken says. “Everything I have is in Him. If I surrender to Him, all things are possible.”