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Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! where Superman takes a backseat to Art Ayris.
Art Ayris is the publisher and CEO of Kingstone Media Group. While enjoying a successful ministry in his hometown, Art felt what he calls a “God-magnet” calling him into media. Resistant at first, he spent forty days in fasting and prayer to truly vet if this was a divine drawing and not some crazy idea. This led to the founding of Kingstone Media Group and its primary imprint, Kingstone Comics. The company has since grown to become a leading provider of premium quality faith market comic books and biblical worldview graphic novels, with two of its Kingstone Cinema literary properties also being optioned for major motion pictures.
Art also serves his local community in Flordia as executive pastor and one of the trustees at First Baptist Leesburg, widely known for its outreach to the needy, assisting over 20,000 people annually. He led in the acquisition of a local motel, subsequently renamed The Samaritan Inn, which now houses homeless families in Central Florida. Additionally, he was the founding executive director of the Community Medical Care Center, a free clinic for the medically indigent now staffed by eight dentists, fifty doctors and numerous volunteer health professionals. The inspiring true story of the church's decision to not build a new building, but give to the needy is chronicled in The Touch, a film he wrote and produced. The movie won several film festivals and was awarded Best Feature in the Independents Film Festival, Angel Awards, Agape Film and Theater as well as a Crystal Reel by the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association.
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