IT’S CANADIAN, AND IT’S GOOD!
By: Dagmar Morgan
The Masked Saint is a depiction of
pastor and wrestler Chris Whaley’s true
life story, based on Whaley’s book of the
Viewers travel along with Pastor Chris
Samuels (Brett Granstaff) as he moves
his family to pastor in a new, unwelcoming neighbourhood that is (unknown to
Samuels) divided and disenchanted by
the community church.
The movie, shot entirely in Northern
Ontario, basically chronicles this new
pastor’s struggles dealing with church
politics, finances and the brokenness
in his community – not to mention in
helps us laugh at
ourselves and find
At first Pastor Samuels attempts to
bring the church and the community
back together by his own means
through his own brand of justice, but it
soon turns out God has another plan.
Pastor Chris’ imperfect journey to redemption, and eventually acceptance,
gives a realistic look at how God’s gifts
will make room for us, and how we
make a mess of things when we try to
do it on our own.
The film is marked by quirky, engaging
characters and heartfelt performances,
most notably Brett Granstaff as Pastor
Samuels, Diahann Carroll as the tough
but loving Ms. Edna, and the late
Rowdy Roddy Piper as the overbearing
wrestling promoter Nicky Stone (this
also happens to be his last feature per-
formance). In addition, young actor T. J.
McGibbon (Carrie Samuels) should also
be noted for her presence and comedic
With The Masked Saint, director
Warren P. Sonoda and producer Cliff
McDowell demonstrate that faith films
don’t always have to tie up with a neat
little bow at the end. They can be as
complex as the faith journey we walk
Touching on many relevant subjects
that face the church today, The Masked
Saint helps us laugh at ourselves and
find compassion for the broken.
It also encourages us to find that
unique gift God has given us and to
use it to do His work. This film is worth
For more information on how to
bring this movie to your church or
community or to access resources
such as the accompanying discussion
guide and devotional, check out www.
The Masked Saint is released on
January 22, 2016!