Video: Minister gives tour of Alexander Campbell’s home — and the river where he was baptized
David R. Kenney, evangelist for the Wadsworth Church of Christ in Ohio, treats church members to 160 minutes of Restoration Movement history in the documentary “A.C.: A Historical Account of Alexander Campbell.”
The documentary, filmed on location at Campbell’s homestead in Bethany, W.Va., is a production of the Gospel Broadcasting Network. Bethany College granted Kenney unrestricted access to the Campbell home, the minister told The Gospel Advocate
As he tours Campbell’s home, Kenney discusses Campbell’s theology and views on issues including instrumental music in worship and slavery.
David R. Kenney (PHOTO PROVIDED)
“I have been a student of Restoration history ever since my parents took me to hear Basil Overton at the first Cane Ridge Workshop in 1979,” Kenney said. “Filming such a documentary can be both daunting and adventurous (including) trying to find the area on Buffalo Creek where Alexander Campbell was immersed on June 12, 1812.
“I have tried to be faithful to the historical record and present scenes some may never be able to view otherwise. My effort has been to not only rekindle interest, but to inspire future generations to learn the lessons of restoration history because we are facing similar challenges.”
Campbell (1788-1866) has been called “The Sage of Bethany” and was “a preeminent religious reformer,” Kenney said. “There were reformers of notoriety such as Calvin, Luther, Zwingli and others who left their marks in the religious world. Alexander Campbell, his father, Thomas Campbell, and men such as Barton W. Stone left their mark not only in religious reform but restoration.
“Reforms are remedies to a broken system; however, restoration is an effort to get back to the original system. It may be a simple concept, but the path to accomplish such is easier said than done. We owe these men of the past a debt some may not fully comprehend, and we repay that debt, in part, by learning from them.”
See more on Kenney’s blog.