When Kirk Cameron visited Liberty University for the first time last fall as a guest speaker at Convocation, he was greeted by a roar of cheers, some shiny "Show Me That Smile" signs, and a serenade by the campus band of the theme song to "Growing Pains," the '80s TV sitcom in which he played troublemaking teen Mike Seaver.
Cameron laughed and sang along, commenting later how astounded he was that so many students, not even alive during the time of the show, knew about his role in the popular TV series.
But the students' excitement was further evidence that Cameron's name is still in the headlines, though no longer prefaced by "former teen heartthrob," but rather by "Christian actor, producer, and evangelist."
Cameron's faith journey since becoming a Christian at age 17 has taken him from Hollywood into ministry all over the country, from partnering with Ray Comfort in The Way of the Master ministry, to leading marriage conferences, hosting Christian TV shows, and running a foundation with his wife to help families of children with terminal illnesses.
God is still using his talent on the set, too. He starred in the "Left Behind" films, based on the popular end-times novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, and in Sherwood Pictures' "Fireproof," the highest grossing independent film of 2008.
There's no shortage of evidence that Cameron has left the Hollywood career of his youth to inspire a new generation of young people to impact the culture for Christ.
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