Sheffey is easily one of the best Christian films I have ever seen. Filmed decades ago, on what appears to be a budget on par with a TV western episode or made-for-TV film, Sheffey tells the life story of Robert Sheffey, a Christian preacher in Virginia.
The film — largely set in the 1800s — shows how even though Robert came from a wealthy, privileged upbringing, he knew there was more to the world than just money and seeking to acquire more of it … and after visiting a nearby church with friends (with the intention of causing a disturbance), he found his calling when his family rejected his Christianity.
I won’t spoil this excellent film for people who wish to watch it, but it is extremely touching, has great acting throughout, a wonderful score and very good pacing from beginning to end. The sheer variety of scenes and characters and events covered, with its scenes shot in various seasons (vs. just a short time filming) shows how much care and effort was put into making this film, during a time when major Christian movies were rare, and well-made ones were even rarer.
I even thought the writing was great, and I’m usually not one to shower praise universally on films unless they exceed my expectations on every level. Sheffey is one such film, and I cannot believe I never even heard of this movie until I stumbled across someone mentioning it online, in passing. Be sure to watch this.