A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE GOSPELER
On June 9, 1955, Dwain W. Penn was born
in Upson County in West Central Georgia. At the age of
22, as a Junior in college, Penn entered the Christian
faith through salvation while his mother was fighting a
losing battle with brain cancer. Fourteen months later,
Penn heard the audible voice of God urging him to enter
the ministry. Desiring a clear confirmation of the
calling, Penn waited five years during which, on January
1, 1982, he began a three-year project copying the King
James Bible. Halfway through this task, Penn
surrendered his will in June, 1983. Penn wanted
all the tools that God's Word allowed for the great task
that was ahead. On Thursday, July 7, 1983, while
visiting a Christian retreat in Bradenton, Florida, Penn
experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Greatly
humbled by this blessing, Penn did not flaunt the gift,
but used it wisely to strengthen his prayer life and
daily communion with God.
Like Peter after the day of Pentecost
anointing, Penn began preaching the gospel anywhere and
everywhere he could. In May of 1985, he embarked on an
exciting calling to preach on the streets of downtown
Griffin, Macon, McDonough, Milledgeville and Thomaston.
He was briefly arrested in Milledgeville for his bold
THE GENESIS OF THE MINISTRY OF DRAMA
Penn received an invitation from a rural
church in Upson to conduct a six-day, seven-message
revival during November 1986. He was convinced that
this would be the start of a successful evangelistic
ministry. No other invitations followed early the next
year. Grieved over the lack of opportunities to preach,
Penn poured his heart out to God in a stark, wintry
prayer closet in 1987.
"Commit parts of the Bible to memory"
was the Spirit's gentle prodding. Eager to obey, Penn
started within months memorizing the book of Romans. In
the middle of the third chapter, a mental roadblock was
encountered prompting Penn to start over January 1,
1988, with the book of Ephesians. Ninety days and 155
verses later, the work was finished. Further prayer
closet guidance led Penn to present Ephesians and about
3 dozens other Pauline scriptures in a one-man Bible
drama depicting the imprisoned Apostle in a Roman jail.
The premiere was held Tuesday night,
June 14, 1988, at Prayer Mountain Church in Meansville,
Georgia. The response was overwhelmingly positive which
encouraged Penn to grow the ministry as God allowed.
Within a year, Penn added two more dramas which opened
doors to minister in numerous churches in Ohio,
Louisiana and throughout the Southeast. Growth of this
ministry was so rapid, it allowed Penn to quit a $20,000
a year job in 1990 and enter the full-time faith
To help Penn focus on the priorities of
ministry while living a "life poured out", he started a
visitation ministry in April, 1992, at a nursing home in
Thomaston. The outreach has grown to include a total of
three nursing homes as well as visits in private homes.
The potential growth of Penn's ministries is perhaps
unlimited as he constantly places his efforts in God's
hands to allow only God's best to emerge.
And even though there appears to be an
end to what this faithful gospeler plans to do, he is
careful not to stay the hand of God working daily in his
life and he is willing to respond to any request from
any area of the fields of art and Christian religion.
The final impact of any work, whether God-inspired or
not, must ultimately revert back to the genesis of
humankind and God's purpose for creation. Indeed, any
and all works are without merit unless it fully
expresses our dependence on God and His desire for us to
constantly fellowship with Him. Every drama and
ministry option does just that.