Former youth minister turned producer has Hollywood calling

CHICAGO — Local Christian movie producer Eric Groth is a former high school youth minister and coach.

He’s spent much of his career working with teenagers. His creative ways now have Hollywood knocking on his door.

The Saint Charles resident says he never imagined he’d be spending his days producing feature films and dealing with Hollywood bigwigs.

His first feature film “Full of Grace” was released on DVD in 2015. His latest film, “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” caught the attention of Sony pictures and some well-known actors including Jim Caviezel and James Faulker. Sony purchased the script and then hired Groth and his team to produce the film.

“In a lot of ways it’s like winning the lottery,” he said.