A pastor (Heath Arthur), a homeless drunk (Jude Moran) and a police officer (Scott Piper) must discover a way to reunite a lost community and stop a pompous and wealthy real-estate developer (Billy Joe Patton) before he shuts down a low-income trailer park.
“2nd Greatest” is based on incredible true stories set in the backdrop of beautiful Golden, Colorado. It’s an inspirational film about loving your neighbor, forgiveness and redemption and the power of community
“2nd Greatest” is an inspiring collection of true stories about a new pastor in the town of Golden who wants to help his neighbors and, in so doing, he inspires others to do the same. One of his focal points is a man named Joe Devin (Jude Moran), whose character is based on the true story of David Bolis, a former alcoholic who went into rehab and eventually helped others. His inspiring story led to the creation of “The Bolis Award.”
The movie also features Officer Greg Knox (Scott Piper). He is based on the real-life police officer Glenn Moore, who served the community for more than 30 years before retiring in 2013. Heath Arthur plays Pastor Ben Cooper, and Kayla Bergholz plays his wife, Marie. Their roles are based on Pastor Dan and Jen Thoemke, who still live in Golden and pastor Hillside Community Church there. Billy Joe Patton also plays Ira Northrup the Third. All the actors are incredibly talented and nail their individual parts.
Joe Devin and his brother Johnny were driving drunk one night, and Ira’s young daughter was hit and killed. Ira wants to rid the town of the homeless people, which includes Joe. Pastor Ben wants to help them, and he hopes to see forgiveness between Ira and Joe. Joe constantly drinks and causes disturbances, even in church, but Pastor Ben and Officer Knox eventually get through to him. When he enters rehab, he quickly becomes a new man. In fact, the change is amazing. The neighbors pitch in to repair other neighbors’ homes, people who are poor, and this element in the film is heartwarming.
This uplifting film is awarded our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus. It soars in its presentation of hope against all the odds.