by AT News Team
Adventist Today has reported in the past on DeVon Franklin, the vice president for production at Columbia Pictures/Sony and an Adventist Church member. He is engaged to Meagan Good, the popular 30-year-old model and actress, and often referred to as “a Seventh-day Adventist preacher” in fan magazines and newspapers.
Good is currently starring in “Think Like a Man.” The two got together when she starred in the comedy “Jumping the Broom” last year which he produced. Last weekend she told Life & Style magazine that the couple has decided to defer sexual intimacy until their wedding night because of his Adventist faith.
Franklin “was willing to be celibate with me for a year,” Good is quoted as saying. “He loves God more than I love God, so I don’t think there’s anything wrong” with him. She seemed to acknowledge that this is an unusual concept in contemporary popular culture and especially in the entertainment industry.
The noted Hollywood reporter Robin Leach wrote for the Las Vegas Sun that Franklin said, “I have put my faith front and center for everyone to see. Not only has relying on my faith not harmed my career prospects, it has actually enhanced them. To get where you want to go, you first have to become the person God wants you to be.”
Franklin is not an employee of the Adventist denomination nor does he hold any clergy credentials, so far as Adventist Today could determine. It is likely that he is labeled a “preacher” because he does take many speaking appointments, often in churches. In an industry where the key occupation is that of “actor” and the only credential that means anything is the most recent role portrayed, it is easy to understand how this label has come to be.
Leach wrote that asked Good “if it was unusual for a Hollywood star to spend her life with a preacher.” She responded, “I’ve always been very spiritual. I love God with all my heart. I think sometimes people get a little confused because of characters that I’ve played.”