SIMI VALLEY, Calif. The second season of GSN network's American Bible Challenge, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, premiers March 21 with new lineup of competitors.
The show features 18 three-member teams who compete with their knowledge of the Bible as they earn money for charity. During the first six episodes, three teams will compete for the right to move on to semi-final and final competitions.
The game uses both current and historical references, as the teams answer questions about the world's best-selling book.
Team Holy Rollers, featuring Billy Brown, Brian Matthews and Dana Palminteri, is one of three from Southern California. A fourth team, Preachin' Divas, is from the communities of Oakland, Concord and Berkeley. In all, 18 teams will compete for the charity prize.
The Holy Rollers, from Simi Valley and Moorpark, are playing for Live Ride Christian Church's Annual Angel Tree Toy Drive, which delivers Christmas presents to children whose parents are in prison. The teammates Brown, a pool man; truck driver Brian Matthews; and cosmetologist Dana Palminteriare all bikers who spread the Good Word on their Harleys as part of an unconventional ministry that reaches those who might not otherwise be exposed to God's saving grace.
The Righteous Rubies, from Ontario and Corona, are playing for the Ruby Project, which is dedicated to helping physically, sexually and emotionally abused teenage girls. Its team members are Peace Amadi, a psychology professor; Ndidi Amadi, a teacher; and Ogechi Nwankwo, a nurse. The Ruby Project was founded by Peace and her friend Leslie Nwoke, and it grew out of their personal experiences with being teased and bullied in school and their heart for empowering women and girls who've experienced all kinds of abuse. The Ruby Project provides retreats for young women suffering the effects of abuse and trauma.
The "Girls of Grace," Cynthia "Cindy" Shaw, Elizabeth Samala and Ezraley Samala, all from Chula Vista in San Diego County, are playing for Live Acts, a full-gospel ministry to restore broken lives with simple acts of love, food and resources. Cindy servers as its director, while Elizabeth is its CFO. The ministry, which provides groceries and household goods to about 6,000 people each month, is an outreach of Life Christian Center. If the group wins, the money would be used for refrigerated storage and industrial shelving for Life Acts.
Last season's winner, Team Judson's Legacy from Orange County, brought home $140,000 for Hunter's Hope, an organization that, in partnership with Judson's Legacy, raises awareness and funds research for the rare, genetic Krabbe Disease. Married contestants Christina and Drake Levasheff's firstborn son battled the disease for five months before he died, weeks before his third birthday. They were joined on set with their friend, Dean Bobar.
GSN also announced that renowned gospel artist Kirk Franklin will be the musical co-host for the second season. Franklin, along with musical director Kris Pooley, will lead the show's choir with additional new members joining to support the hit series.
"I'm very excited to create the musical environment for 'The American Bible Challenge,'" says Franklin. "The show is a fresh and fun approach to celebrating the Word of God, and being able to provide an element of praise, worship and honor is both exciting and humbling."
The inaugural season of the game show garnered the network's highest delivery in its 17-year history with 1.7 million total viewers for its series premiere and more than 13 million total viewers during its run. The success of the show has extended to digital and social platforms with the launch of "The American Bible Challenge Game" for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle and Facebook, which currently has more eight million game plays and over 500,000 users.
In addition to his hosting duties, the comedic Foxworthy also produces the show.For more information, visit www.gsntv.com.