Frank Page Praises Upcoming “Captive” Movie as ‘a Story of Redemption’


Frank S. Page recalls the moment 10 years ago when he learned the single mother held captive in her Atlanta-area home by an accused murderer and rapist was the same Ashley Smith he had baptized when she was 12 years old.
National attention focused on news reports of the manhunt for Brian Nichols, who killed a judge and three others in his escape from an Atlanta courthouse while accused of rape. As the story unfolded on live news coverage, it became clear Nichols had taken refuge in an Atlanta-area home with a single hostage, who happened to be Smith.

During a night-long ordeal, Smith had convinced Nichols to surrender to authorities by reading to him from the Rick Warren bestseller “Purpose Driven Life.” Page, then pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., received a call from Kim Rogers, Smith’s aunt. Page had ministered to the family during his 10 years as pastor of Warren Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., nearly five years before the hostage incident.

“She said that was Ashley that was kidnapped and got him, talked him into releasing himself. I said excuse me. Ashley, our Ashley?” Page told Baptist Press. “I was in contact with the family and Ashley throughout the whole experience. Her aunt and her uncle (Steve Rogers) are some of our dearest lifelong friends.”

Now president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Page was invited to a screening of the new Paramount movie “Captive,” which tells the ordeal of Smith, then a struggling single mother addicted to methamphetamine, held hostage by Nichols in her own Duluth, Ga., apartment.

“It’s a real-life story of a young single mother. Her husband was killed by a drug dealer … horrible. It’s a story of redemption because she was getting her life straight, and did, praise God,” Page told BP. “God was able to use her addiction to minister to Brian Nichols. I’m not saying that it was good that she was addicted. I’m just simply saying God used the bad to bring glory to Him. And she saw that, and she knew that, and she was just giving glory to the Lord.”

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler

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