Demond Wilson, star of the iconic trend-setting TV show of the 1970s, "Sanford & Son," will trace his journey from the TV screen to the pulpit as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Florida Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs.
"God still calls people,"
"It's something I don't like to talk about," he said.
On returning home from
Before one audition,
This second time, many years later, he told God, "If I get this part, it will bring fame. If I get it I will do this for 15 years, then I'll serve you."
Fifteen years later to the week, in 1983
He established a worldwide ministry of speaking about something he says is close to his heart and has since preached the gospel around the world and ministered to troubled young men. He founded Restoration House of America in 1995 for the rehabilitation of former prison inmates.
"I minister to men who haven't done anything real bad, but just made mistakes," he said.
He lives in
Kicking off its theme of "A Journey into the World of Motion Pictures,"
One-hundred people can upgrade their ticket to $50 for the opportunity to be invited backstage immediately following his presentation at 10 a.m. to have a picture made with him and receive an autographed copy of his "Second Banana" book.
"If people want to know about me, tell them that I am an affable, congenial man, a decorated veteran who served our country honorably, and a family man married to the same woman for 40 years," he said.