Altar Egos

Synopsis: Desperate to see their church grow, Pastor John (Robert Amaya) and wife Betsy (Erin Bethea) do the unthinkable and change their church Christmas pageant. Flabbergasted, elderly choir director Mary Margaret (Sallie Wanchisn) leads the choir to boycott. Facing termination, Pastor John resorts to disguising himself as an old man to bridge the generation gap, win over Mary, and lead the choir back to the church. When he discovers that the wounds run deeper than he first suspected, Pastor John must learn to love the unlovable or risk the ruin of his church and family.
Genre: Comedy, Family


Farid Morocco

(soft instrumental music)

- [John] This was Dad's church,

a place where people knew love,

a place to find peace,

comfort, and forgiveness.

God blessed this church.

For 30 years, Dad

led the people here.

He touched the lives of

all those around him,

none more than me.

I wanted to be that kind of

man, and that kind of pastor.

After Dad passed, his

ministry became my ministry.

His mission, my mission.

But things have

never been the same.

(lively organ music)

Onward Christian soldiers

Marching as to war

With the cross of Jesus

Going on before

Christ our royal master

- Hi Mary!

Leads against the foe

Forward into battle

See his banners go

Onward Christian soldiers

Marching as to war

With the cross of Jesus

Going on before


- Let us pray.

(organ keys pounding)

(playful string music)

- Hi.

- Deacon.

- Not bad, Pastor, not bad.

- Thank you.

- Almost as good as your father.

- Almost.

- Pastor John!

Pastor John, hey!

Over here, hey, John!

John, hey!

Good day?

- Great day, Pastor Pendergrass.

- The Lord blessed us with 527.

Five, two, seven! (laughing)

Almost half a grand of blessing.

I thought your yoke was

supposed to be easy?

(laughs) I'm kidding.

'Cause that's the

Lord, that's the Lord,

it's not Pastor Eye

Candy, okay? (laughing)

It's the Lord, it really is.

What? (laughs)

How about you?

- Not quite that many.

- How many?

- You know, I'm not sure.

- Sorry, I'm sorry,

how many did you say?

- Fi-fi, 50.


- Well, could be better.

You know, should be better.

I just want you to know

that if you need some help,

I'm here, my doors are open.

Has to be open when you

have 527 comin' through,

am I right? (laughing)

I'm kidding though, I

am here for you, okay?

- What time's your meeting?

- Five o'clock.

- (laughing) Okay,

you're gonna do great.

Can we please go home now?

- I thought you'd never ask.

- What's wrong with white?

Those walls have

always been white.

I've grown quite accustomed

to seeing them white.

- I like white.

- There's nothing

wrong with white.

- White is clean, white is pure.

- He washed our sins white.

- White as snow, white as snow.

- [All] Amen.

- Yes amen, amen, but

we're talking about a room

dedicated to the children's

ministry, I think--

- Well, not that many

children attend here.

- And that's all right,

but that's my point.

See, maybe if we did things

a little differently--

- Ah, Pastor?

What color would

your father choose?

- I don't know.

- Well what color do you think?

- Probably white.

- All those in favor of

the room remaining white.

Opposed, by the same sign?

Motion carries, white

the walls shall remain.

- It would make

things a lot easier

if you'd stop changing things.

- I haven't changed anything.

- And let's keep it

that way, shall we?

- No one questions

your heart, John,

it's just your

methods no one likes.

(gentle piano music)

- [Jack] You know, you

should really learn

how to do this yourself.

- Why?

It feels kinda weird

putting makeup on myself.

- (laughs) Try putting

it on your dad.

- Daddy, when are you

going to read to me?

- Aw sweetheart, I'm sorry.

I have to get to the hospital.

A bunch of little

kids are waiting for

their favorite clown.

- But it's Pie Piper.

- Jack here can read it to you.

- What?

No, I have rehearsal tonight.

- All right, tomorrow.

You, me, Mommy, Jack, we'll

read it together as as family.

- What, seriously?

- Yeah, seriously, family's

more important, right?

- I guess.

- Are we done?

- Mm-hmm.

- Great.

Now, where did I

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