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Evangel University featured in faith-based sports film “Running the Bases”

Published on Sep 23, 2022 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University’s campus is featured in “Running the Bases,” a Christian film from UP2U Productions. “Running the Bases” is currently showing in theaters in Springfield, Branson, and Ozark, as well as in Harrison, Arkansas.

In addition to filming on the Valor baseball field, the production team shot scenes in the university’s chapel, cafeteria, library, executive board room, a lecture hall, and a dorm room.

“We absolutely love the campus and how it looks on film, as well as how welcoming and helpful everyone was,” said Johnnie Ray Scroggins, one of the film’s producers. “Evangel rolled out the red carpet for our cast and crew.”

“Running the Bases” follows a small-town high school baseball coach who takes the job of a lifetime at a large, urban school. For the nine-time state champion coach, winning comes secondary to building his players into young men of character and integrity. However, as a man of faith, he faces extreme opposition to his coaching methods from the school’s superintendent.

“’Running the Bases’ is one of the best faith-based movies in the last five years,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide, a Christian film review website.

“The main theme is to wake up a complacent church,” said Scroggins. “It is a message of faith, forgiveness, redemption, and salvation.”

The film is written and directed by Marty Roberts and Jimmy Womble and features Brett Varvel, Gigi Orsillo, Todd Terry, and Cameron Arnett.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at