Indivisible, a major motion picture, is coming to theaters 26 October and has its roots in a local Church of the Nazarene.
The film is "the extraordinary true story of U.S. Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather: one marriage … one family … under God."
Pastor Lynn Holmes of Calvary Church of the Nazarene near Memphis, Tennessee, serves as an associate producer of Indivisible. Longtime church member David Evans is the film's director.
“We are hopeful the churches will preview the film and consider utilizing this film to impact the families in their church and community,” said David Graves, Church of the Nazarene general superintendent.
Holmes is senior pastor of Calvary Church in the Memphis suburb of Cordova. For 15 years, Evans — a Memphis optometrist and Calvary member — wrote and produced a new and modern passion play at Easter. But both Evans and Holmes were interested in the larger audience and greater impact films offer. Calvary Pictures was formed and in 2010 brought its first feature film to the screen — The Grace Card, which was released by AFFIRM Films and Provident Films and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
A year later, they were ready for a new project and found the story of the Turner family.
“I originally set out to do a fictional story about an Army chaplain,” Evans said. “I was researching chaplains online and came across Chaplain Turner’s story and knew instantly I had to pursue it. I cold-called him, and he agreed to meet in person. Soon after discussing the opportunity with his family, they gave me their blessing and eventually the military did, too — even though it took a little longer.”
Battling for their marriage
With a strong, faith-filled marriage, the Turners are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country.
Fresh from seminary and basic training, Chaplain Turner and his family arrive at Fort Stewart. Yet, before the Turners can even unpack their new house, Darren is deployed to Iraq. Heather is left taking care of their three young children alone, as well as serving the families of the other deployed soldiers.
Despite a desire to stay connected with their loved ones, the harsh realities of war take a daily toll over the course of the Battalion’s extended deployment. Meanwhile back home, babies are born, kids keep growing, and nerves are frayed with every late-night knock on the door.
With deeply etched battle scars, the soldiers’ long-awaited homecoming is much different than any of their families anticipated. Carrying burdens the other can’t comprehend, the Turners must decide if they’re willing to face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage.
Sarah Drew stars as Heather Turner and is an executive producer of the film.
“I believe this film has the ability to bring healing to people's marriages, to people's family lives,” she said. “It offers hope to people who are feeling like there is no hope. I think everyone who sees the film — men and women — is going to really be rooting for this family.”