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Q&A: Israel Houghton and Galley Molina on 'I'm In Love With a Church Girl'

A worship artist and a reformed drug lord join forces to proclaim grace.
Q&A: Israel Houghton and Galley Molina on 'I'm In Love With a Church Girl'
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Grammy-award winning worship artist Israel Houghton recently teamed up with reformed-drug lord-turned-youth-pastor Galley Molina to produce the film I'm In Love With a Church Girl, which opens today. The semi-autobiographical film tells the story of Molina's journey away from the drug trade toward faith in Christ. It was scored by Houghton, scripted by Molina in prison, and produced collectively by Reverence Gospel Media. Our review is here.

What goals were you aiming for as you made this movie?

HOUGHTON: I've been thinking about Vienna, Austria, lately. All these major composers [worked there]—Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Handel—guys who wrote music that was ageless and timeless. The thing is, they all wrote to the glory of God. Most of those composers were commissioned by the church at that time. So the most impacting classical music of the day was ultimately in the name of God. Our prayer and action in this whole production process has been that we want to do things that are unapologetic in their excellence. We've all been handed a CD by someone who says, "I made this Christian CD, but I ran out of money and it's not that good. But I wanted to do this to glorify God." When it comes with that kind of apology attached to it, I say, why would I go listen to this record if you've already shot it down for me? So what we've tried to do is take away any sort of excuses or apologies for the way we shot, edited, and produced it.

There's a depth and impact to this story. David said, I don't want to offer the Lord something that doesn't cost me. If I'm going to offer something up, it's going to be costly. It's going to have weight to it, it's going to have ...

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