LEWISTON – Douglas and Sonia Taylor, directors of the Pentecostal Kids’ Church The Jesus Party, were recently chosen as subjects by Bridget Huber, writer, and Amber Knowles, photographer, students of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

The documentary, a two-and-a-half-month project, took an in-depth look behind the scenes of what it takes to conduct an inner-city ministry and a peek into the personal lives of the Taylor family.

The documentary, “Heart Full of Spirit, Shoulders Full of Steel,” included weekly outreach to children through visitations and after-school candy evangelism, weekly church services, family dinners, trips to band practice, doctor appointments and 16th birthday party of their oldest daughter.

The Salt Institute of Portland has been in existence for the past 25 years.

Its mission is to tell the stories of Maine residents in images, sound and the written word.

At the end of each semester, students’ tape recordings, transcripts, photographic prints and negatives are deposited into the institutes’ archives for preservation.

The Taylors, along with other Maine residents who were chosen as subjects by other students, were invited to attend a special public presentation on Dec. 17.

The photographers exhibited their photos in the institute’s gallery, and there was a public reading of the writers’ research.

The research on the Taylors and their ministry can be viewed by appointment by contacting the Salt Institute, P.O. Box 7800, 110 Exchange St. Portland, ME 04112-7800; calling 761-2913; or e-mailing [email protected]


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