CEDARVILLE — A team of three Cedarville students and a Beavercreek pastor will compete on the TV show the “American Bible Challenge,” seen on the Game Show Network.
The Cedarville University team, known as “The Heartland Guards,” includes Ryan Beach, a senior from Randoph, N.Y.; Quinn Brandt, a junior from Dumfries, Va.; and Dane Barnett, a senior from Buda, Ill. The second team, is “Lift Your Voice.” The team is a husband-wife from Hilliard and brother-in-law David Faile, pastor at Patterson Park Church.
Participants competing on the show need a strong knowledge of the Bible and the ability to think well under pressure. With a solid background of biblical knowledge from growing up in the church and attending Cedarville, the team felt equipped for the competition.
“We wouldn’t have competed as well as we did without the classes in the Bible minor and our time at Cedarville,” Beach said.
Rather than winning money, each team plays for a non-profit charity of their choice. When a team wins a match, it secures $25,000 for its charity. The Heartland Guards selected the Make-a-Wish Foundation because of Barnett’s personal experience with the organization. He was born with a serious heart ailment and later was granted a wish from Make-a-Wish.
“It was our way of giving back since Dane had been given his wish,” Beach said.
The concept of competing on the program originated eight months before the November 2013 taping in Los Angeles. The University’s public relations team believed it was a good opportunity to showcase students and Cedarville’s commitment to the Bible. Eight teams (24 students) auditioned in Cleveland at the start of the academic year in September and the Heartland Guards were selected. The students, along with Mark D. Weinstein, executive director of public relations, traveled to Los Angeles for the filming of the show—and have been silent on the team’s accomplishments ever since.
“The experience felt totally surreal, but once things started on the set, we got in the zone,” Beach said.
Beach and Brandt are cousins while Brandt and Barnett are roommates. The three have been close friends since the beginning of their freshman year, and they could not have been more excited to experience this adventure as a team.
“Ryan, Dane, and Quinn were good representatives of our university,” Weinstein said.
The show will premiere on May 22 on the Game Show Network.