• A small 'black' church and a small 'white' church combine congregations for financial reasons. Racial conflict and tension ensue from the very beginning. From the choir to the pulpit to even the usher board – EVERYTHING is affected by the union and the question that looms the entire play: "Can they make it work?"

  • Written by Sherri Lynn

    Sherri Lynn is a well-accomplished writer, comedienne, former youth pastor and currently produces and co-hosts the nationally syndicated Brant Hansen Show heard on over 200 stations across the country.


    She has recently produced and released the comedy DVD "The Very Funny Church Comedy Show: Together We Laugh." Available at amazon.com and on her website www.iamsherrilynn.com

  • Character Biographies

    We are happy to introduce The Bold & The Sanctified.

    Pastor Messing

    He’s an idealist. Perhaps he’s even a zealot. When he believes in something, he’s willing to go to the mat for it! He has a razor sharp focus on what he’s trying to accomplish and is relentless until the ideal is achieved. Unfortunately, this means other important things can and have fallen by the wayside including, relationships. Unbeknownst to him, his interpersonal skills take a back seat when he’s fighting for a cause. This fight causes fractures in practically every other part of his life. Plagued by his families less than stellar history, he’s determined to leave a legacy that his children will be proud of.

    Pastor Richard Lotts Jr.

    A noble but passive man. He’s witty, fun and likeable with high hopes for his church that have rarely been met. The pressure to be like or better than his father (who was also a Pastor) is self-imposed. His preoccupation with the church continues to put a strain on his marriage.

    First Lady Lorraine Lotts

    She’s a straight shooting, get it done kind of lady. She speaks her mind and expects others to do the same. She’s proud to be a stay at home mom while part of her longs to do more. She’s a lawyer by trade but hasn’t practiced law in a long time. She’s in love with her husband but wishes he would take more of a lead where their family is concerned. At the beginning of their relationship, she was impressed with Richard’s dedication to the church. She now resents it.​

    Laura Evangel

    She’s a teacher in the local high school. She takes her job (and herself) very seriously. She’s known as a ‘my way or the highway’ kind of teacher. She is both respected and reviled all at the same time. Though she’s excited about her engagement and the man she will marry (Pastor Messing) she secretly questions what struggles lie ahead. After all, he is an idealist, and she views herself as a pragmatist. Can that work? Her tendency to talk to adults the way she talks to her students gives her the reputation of arrogant and condescending. She, of course, doesn’t see these qualities in herself and is more than put off when others address them.

    Bishop Reynolds

    He’s a unique brand of evil. Not an “in your face” tyrant. He’s a charming dictator. Bishop Reynolds ruthlessness is drenched in a smile. He doesn’t rule by harsh edict. He rules by seductive implication. He makes you doubt yourself, or he makes you believe you are phenomenal. When he’s building you up it is only so later down the line you’ll know you owe your self-worth to him. He is NOT a fan of Pastor Lotts. His disdain for him carries over from his disdain for his father. He slithers around the church happily and strategically planting seeds of discourse. His ultimate goal is to remove Pastor Lotts from the church and put someone in leadership that is ‘his guy.’

    Deacon Marvin

    A passionate young man that is slightly awkward. He’s trustworthy and honorable. Unlike many of his contemporaries he’s not looking for a “platform” or to make a name for himself. He’s content in serving others and making a difference in his community. His willingness to help is sometimes perceived as weakness and his desire to cooperate is, at times, misread as passivity. However, Deacon Marvin is a force to be reckoned with.



    She’s the BFF everyone wishes they had. She’s bright, loyal, and focused. Though she exhibits a certain air of confidence, her men troubles (she can’t seem to find one) are starting to discourage her. She’s prone to see the positive side of everything and loves pushing people into positivity. She and Skippy are cousins and best friends. Lorraine Lotts is her sister.



    He’s flamboyant, to say the least. He’s skeptical of everything and everyone. He presents a facade of confidence, but he’s searching for significance and affirmation. His loud, boisterous persona masks the nagging question in his mind: “am I good enough?” When this subconscious question flares up in his mind, he does what he can to draw attention to himself… somehow, it’s temporarily soothing. He’s petty and messy YET lovable.



    She is the best friend of Ebony and Skippy. She’s an essential ride or die, friend. Church is less about faith to her and more about social interactions and of course tea (a.k.a. gossip). She’s on board with the merger to the extent that she gets to watch all the drama it creates

    Mother Ola

    She’s Barnita’s sharp-tongued grandma. She’s the head of the Usher Board, and she runs a tight ship. She speaks her mind. She’s fiercely protective of her family AND her church. Mama Lotts is her best friend and therefore she considers Pastor Lotts like a son. She’s willing to fight for him…literally.

    Daunte Lotts

    Is a socially conscious young man with a hint… No, more than a hint, a long streak of rebellion and anarchy in him. He is always raging against authority in the name of equality and fairness. His constant clash with teachers and administrators has taken it’s toll on his parents (mainly his mother). He questions everything and isn’t sold at all on church or religion.


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