Monday, May 27, 2024



Pastor Matt McCaulley has been nominated as BEST DIRECTOR at the 2024 International Christian Film Festival for his new movie “UNDEFILED”.  Who is Pastor Matt? He is the outreach pastor of Journey Church, a solid and quiet church of 120 in the city of Joplin, (western Missouri), and a quiet, humble, talented man of many hats! We had a wonderful conversation, over a wide-ranging 40-minute interview over the Memorial Day weekend, about his new film “UNDEFILED”

So how did a medium-sized Midwestern Southern Baptist Church end up with its first major Feature Film “UNDEFILED” edited by the same Burbank company that edited the popular THE CHOSEN series?  (UNDEFILED was edited by Christian, God-honoring Kappa Studios of Burbank – the same editing firm owned by Paul Long, who edited UNPLANNED, FAMILY CAMP, HIS ONLY SON, NO GREATER LOVE…and more). Read on………….

The following is a synopsis of the conversation between potential award recipient Matt McCaulley and myself.

The Joplin, Missouri-based LIGHT OF LIFE FILMS has launched its intense, fact-based, and relevant-to-the-times movie UNDEFILED starring Bradford Haynes, formerly of the Los Angeles baseball Dodger in early May 2024. This is a gritty, yet tastefully presented, raw look at the real-life sickening underbelly of the world of pornography, the gateway to sex trafficking.

From speaking with Pastor Matt, who has a tri-cornered hat that includes filmmaker, he confirmed that every detail was paid attention to, to bring to the viewing audience the dark grit that is the growing menace of underage sex trafficking in the United States and its pornographic side. Without going into too much technical detail, I recommend the viewer look at the movie through the lens of the lead character Mitch Jennings (Bradford Haynes), because the seriousness of the central issue of the film (human trafficking) will pierce the innermost, most direct part of your soul. For movie tech buffs, this was filmed, using vintage Kowa anamorphic lenses from the 1970s, from which the desired gritty effect was derived.

The movie was written by Pastor Matt, his son David, and his wonderful father Daniel.  It was revised 30 times and does include inspiration and facts from Dr. Kevin Whisman, Christian Clinical Psychologist and Executive Producer of the movie. Dr. Kevin also hails from Joplin and as a practicing psychologist, he is privy to facts most of us will never know.  He supplied the factual underpinnings of this excellent movie, UNDEFILED.

According to Undefiled Director McCaulley, the casting effort was wonderful experience! It includes of course, lead actor Bradford Haynes as main character Mitch Jennings; Stephanie Patterson as his wife Amber Jennings; Kalyn Wood is the abused trafficked young lady and Stelio Savante (Three Blind Saints) among many others.  Director Pastor Matt said “casting was so much fun, yet terrifying as we did not want to make a mistake!” He had known leader actor Bradford Haynes from their church’s outreach ministry film component Light of Life Films, when Bradford appeared in LOLF’s first ever movie: a 17-minute video on the substitutionary death on the Cross of Christ, called “The Substitute (2017)”.

The message and mission of this brand-new offering, Undefiled, is twofold – to bring attention to this pervasive issue of human sex trafficking, across state and international lines, and secondly to bring


Hope to those who are caught in this vicious circle of ungodly human   error, that the Body of Christ not just knows and write small checks to   ministries about it, but that we DO care, do care and the good Lord will   lead us to the path of righteousness. The latter can be followed by   action, the wonderful Grace of God, and then – the sound of freedom!

 This labor of love and intense focus was prayed up powerfully.   Director  Matt’s team went into this project aware of their intention, as   he recounted to “glorify God and not ourselves and to make sure this   entire film project was from Him”, he testified.

 Finally, the issue of movie budgets did have to emerge as it takes   financial resources to bring in a well-known actor and/or actress; their   supporting cast, and technical equipment. The cost of editing any   production is a significant part of expenses.  To have maximum   audience impact, it is worth having the best of the best at Kappa   Studios  complete the project.

  Pastor and Director Mike indicated while there was no organized   “crowd-funding” for the production of Undefiled, several local and Joplin, Missouri- area donors did step up to the plate and assisted in the financing of this incredible movie.

As editor of this website, I recommend not only seeing this film yourself in the recommended channels at the top of this article but that you share this with your pastors, small groups, or just friends who are concerned with this prevalent disease of human trafficking and widespread pornography use, both of inside and outside the walls of Christianity. Widespread support of works of Christian love and Hope like Undefiled, will enable Journey Church and its Light of Life film ministry to continue to produce more content, to bless a hope-starved world.





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