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April 11, 2014

Fort Mill pastor Rick Joyner featured in new TV series on climate change

Rick Joyner, founder of MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, will star in a new documentary series about climate change to air on the Showtime network.

Rick Joyner, founder of MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, will star in a new documentary series about climate change to air on the Showtime network.

Joyner, also the executive director of Heritage International Ministries Church, will appear with his daughter in an episode titled “Preacher’s Daughter” as part of the series “Years of Living Dangerously,” MorningStar announced on Friday.

The Showtime series will examine the climate change debate and will feature a host of celebrities, including actors Jessica Alba, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and America Ferrera. The series debuts at 10 p.m. Sunday.

The episode featuring Joyner and his daughter – environmental activist Anna Jane Joyner of Asheville, N.C. – will air on May 4, according to Joyner’s publicist.

According to the show’s website, that episode will focus on the ongoing climate change debate within the evangelical Christian community by showcasing contrasting views from a father and his daughter.

Anna Jane Joyner is working to shut down a North Carolina coal-fired plant, while her father doesn’t believe climate change is happening, according to the website for the series.

“Climate disruption is not a political issue,” said Anna Jane Joyner. “It’s a moral issue. It’s a justice issue.”

The segment will include footage of Anna Jane Joyner addressing her father’s Fort Mill congregation.

“I did this mostly for my daughter,” Rick Joyner said, “but I also went into this wanting to learn the truth about climate change.”

MorningStar Ministries is involved in a lawsuit against York County over a stalled development agreement over an unfinished tower of the now-defunct Heritage USA property in Fort Mill – the county’s tallest structure. According to the county, MorningStar is seeking $10 million in damages.

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