Team moves on to “The American Bible Challenge” semi-finals
Drew Vinson, Matthew Blanton and Sam Altis
Three Fuller Theological Seminary
students took the top prize on a never-before seen episode of bible trivia
American Bible Challenge,” which aired nationally on Thursday night.
The students -- Sam Altis
and Drew Vinson from Fuller’s School of Theology and Matthew Blanton from the
School of Intercultural Studies – were chosen to be contestants on the Game
Show Network’s “The American Bible Challenge” hosted by comedian Jeff
Foxworthy. Their team was one of a number of Fuller teams that auditioned to
appear on the show.
On Thursday, a viewing party
was hosted at the University Club of Pasadena where about 75 students, staff, friends and family members cheered for the team as they took the lead early on, avoiding
elimination in the first round. Screams and applause erupted when the team beat
their opponents by correctly answering more questions in the final,
Their prize was $20,000 to
go to the charity of their choice. The Fuller team, called “The Boys Next
Door,” chose Oasis, a faith-based non-profit
organization that works to end human trafficking. Vinson and Blanton told the
audience at the viewing party that many members of their church support Oasis
and it was a natural choice for them to make.
A representative from the
non-profit attended the viewing party and expressed gratitude for the team’s donation.
Two show producers gave away Game Show Network t-shirts and caps and told the
crowd how excited they were to have Fuller represented on the show, which was
the number one viewed show on the Network when it first premiered in August.
Altis, Vinson and Blanton
will go on to compete in the show’s semi-finals, which will air in two weeks.