Todd Wagner, the Founding Pastor of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, believes that churches should do everything they can to spread their message of peace, redemption and hope.

So he was intrigued when Paul Stehlik, the staff member in charge of Watermark’s video and creative arts ministry, approached him almost a decade ago with a vision for using the medium of film to share biblical stories updated for contemporary audiences.

The result of that vision – “Seasons of Gray: A Modern Day Joseph Story” – will open in theaters around the country Oct. 18. And Wagner and the people of Watermark made the movie possible with their support.

“If you’re human and you’ve experienced disappointment and confusion, the story of ‘Seasons of Gray’ will resonate with you,” Wagner said. “We are not looking to get into the movie business, but we are in the people business and we want to make an impact on their lives.”

Although Wagner is one of the film’s executive producers, there is little in his background that would indicate he was preparing to help make a movie.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s from Dallas Theological Seminary. He has extensive experience in church and para-church ministry, having served on Young Life and K-Life staff, as well as 10 years at Kanakuk Kamps, where he last served as Assistant Director at K-2 Kamps for boys and girls 13-18.

Since leaving Kanakuk in 1990, he has been serving in the local church. He and his family, along with eight other families, founded Watermark in 1999.

Although he is frequently invited to speak at conferences, he limits his travel schedule because he says it’s more important to be a better Dad to his six children and a faithful husband to his wife, Alex, at home more than a hero on the road.