April 2, 2023

Sarah Jane O'Keefe--Kirk Cameron spoke at Immanuel Baptist Church as a part of the “Transformed” conference.

Sarah Jane O'Keefe--Kirk Cameron spoke at Immanuel Baptist Church as a part of the “Transformed” conference.

Somewhere between starring in “Growing Pains” and “Fireproof,” Kirk Cameron joined forces with Ray Comfort in Comfort’s Living Waters ministry, a program designed to provide Christians with tools to spread the gospel’s message.

Cameron and Comfort are only half of the four man team that make up the face of Living Waters.

“Wretched” television and radio personality Todd Friel and Executive Vice President of Living Waters publications Emeal “EZ” Zwayne complete the team.

The quartet lead a “Transformed” conference on Nov. 15 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif.

Designed to encourage and equip Christians to evangelize, the four- hour event was overflowing with both the number of attendees and the speakers’ over-the-top personalities.

Friel opened with a cheery disposition that set the mood for the morning.

“Our promise is that if you apply what you learn today, our Christian life will be transformed,” Friel said.

When it came time for Cameron to take the stage, he began by joking about his childhood claim to fame; his role as Mike Seaver on “Growing Pains”. He continued by sharing his testimony.

“I grew up as an Atheist. I didn’t go to church, did not believe in the existence of God, my parents were not Christians. In fact, I thought Jesus belonged to a different Trinity; Santa Clause, the Easter bunny and God,” Cameron said.

After being moved by Comfort’s “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “God Has A Powerful Plan for Your Life”, he joined the Living Waters ministry.

According to the Living Waters’ website, their mission is “to serve the local church by assisting in globally educating God’s people in the principles of biblical evangelism; Exhorting them to fulfill the Great Commission; and equipping them with every necessary resource along the way.”

As serious as their mission is, the four speakers were joyful and charismatic throughout the session.

Video footage of Comfort and Cameron witnessing on the street was used to show the intrigued attendees an example of a logical way to witness, without getting into an intellectual arm wrestle.

Following one such clip in which a man was wearing a T-shirt that read “Your friendly neighborhood atheist” and a “No God” button, Cameron addressed the Atheist argument.

“How can he even be sure that what he knows fits with reality?” Cameron said. “He believes that his brain is nothing more than a random accident that has happened over and over again. How can you trust an information storage system that is nothing more than an evolved accident?\”

This did not change the manner in which he was witnessed to. Every person Cameron or Comfort spoke with was first asked if they were a good person.

The questions were then used to show that individual their need for Christ.

The conference closed with encouragement and a call to action by Zwayne.

“It is very simple. The purpose of man is to know his Maker, be known by his Maker and make his Maker known,” Zwayne said.