Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife, Heather, talk about the realities of deployment. Dr. David Evans and his wife, Esther, tell how they first heard about the Turners and what motivated them to turn their story into a movie.
Darren and Heather Turner both grew up in Georgia, and met in 1999 as he worked in campus ministry at the University of Georgia. (Darren is still a Bulldog at heart.) Heather had been working as a recruiter for an organization that sends English teachers overseas, and Darren had just returned from a year in Mongolia teaching English when they met. Married that same year, they would serve another six years together in campus ministry and add three children to their family. It was through the husband of a friend of Heather’s that Darren learned of the opportunities for service as a military chaplain. Darren completed seminary in 2006, was commissioned in the Army and almost immediately deployed.
Their experiences recounted in INDIVISIBLE have left both Darren, who is on active duty, and Heather passionate about serving military families, marriage counseling and leading marriage retreats. They currently live in North Carolina with their children Elie, Samuel and Meribeth.
Dr. David Evans is an optometrist and owner of Total Eye Care, P.A.in Memphis, TN, but grew up writing and filming productions. Esther was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, and grew up loving ballet and dance.
In 1994, David recognized the need for an annual "passion play" production at his home church of Calvary Church, to share the message of the gospel with the community. Esther used her gift of dance to develop the choreography. Over the next fifteen years, the production grew to a cast and crew of over 250 with huge sets, hydraulic lifts, computerized lighting, and exotic animals.
In 2008, David and his wife, Esther, joined a large group from Calvary Church to watch Fireproof on opening night. "I realized during that movie that God had been putting us through training during the fifteen years of our passion play," he says. Soon after, Graceworks Pictures was born and released The Grace Card in 2011.
David and Esther live in Germantown, Tennessee. They have three sons - Houston, Matthew and Garrett.