Claremore Daily Progress

September 24, 2012

Evangelist Graham makes movie debut in Last Ounce of Courage

Revival at Washington Baptist Church through Wednesday

Randy Cowling

CLAREMORE — Charles Graham is always smiling. If he isn’t smiling, he’s got a rich, melodious tune flowing from his mouth.

When I met Graham more than 36 years ago, he was smiling and making people laugh. His rich baritone voice could raise goosebumps all over one’s body. 
Charles and another college mate, Darrel Campbell, were good friends back at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo. Campbell and myself spent time in the theater department, while Graham was studying Scripture and music.
 Our paths went different directions after college.
Campbell went to New York, studying acting and later appearing in a Christian soap opera. 
He eventually found his way to California, where he worked with Carol Burnett’s television shows.
Campbell is now all about movies. He directed “Pistol Pete,” the biopic of NBA Hall of Famer Pete Maravich.
Graham pursued evangelism and today he travels around the world singing and giving his testimony.
This week he is in revival at Washington Baptist Church, 14751 S. 4230 Rd. in Claremore. The revival continues tonight and Wednesday. For more information on service times, call (918) 341-5196.
The two have reunited in the Campbell’s latest movie “The Last Ounce of Courage.”
Graham appears as Leonard, a school custodian.
“The movie  is the story of an American hero standing up for his beliefs in a time of cynicism and fear. Inspired by his grandson, a grieving father and courageous youth will rally their community to conserve the freedoms we the people hold dear,” according to a movie website.
Local showings  of the film are at Showplex Cinemas Owasso 12  at 11:35 a.m.,  1:50, 4:25, 7:05 amd 9:25 p.m. and at AMC Southroads 20  in Tulsa at 2:30  and 4:55 p.m.