Former soap opera star Frank Runyeon will present three programs at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville Monday through Wednesday, April 7-9.
Runyeon will present “The Sermon on the Mount” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 7; “Afraid: The Gospel of Mark” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8; and “Hollywood vs. Faith” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. All shows are at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville.
The parishes are not charging admission, but a free will offering will be collected.
Runyeon is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in religion. After studying acting in New York and Los Angeles for 15 years, he attended Fuller Seminary in preparation for the writing and performance of his first one-man play, “Afraid: The Gospel of Mark.” He continued his studies at Yale Divinity School and General Theological Seminary, from which he received his Masters, with honors, in 1994.
Runyeon has won national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of biblical texts over the past 20 years. He has performed the gospel for hundreds of thousands of people in almost every state in America, earning rave reviews from critics, scholars, and church leaders of every denomination.
Runyeon is perhaps best known for his many roles on television. He starred for seven years as Steve Andropoulos on As the World Turns opposite Meg Ryan, a storyline that garnered the second highest ratings in the history of daytime television.
He next appeared for four years as Father Michael Donnelly on the Emmy award- winning Santa Barbara, and as tycoon Simon Romero on General Hospital, opposite Emma Samms. Frank has also guest-starred in recurring roles on LA LAW as talk- show host Brooks Tapman, on Falcon Crest as chess genius Jovan Dmytryk, on Melrose Place as Father Tom, and on All My Children as Forrest Williams.