It’s been more than two decades since Kirk Cameron, the teen heartthrob, became Kirk Cameron, the Christian actor. Cameron’s conversion changed how he famously played Mike Seaver on Growing Pains and altered the path of his career, leading him to roles in faith-based films such as Left Behind and Fireproof, and his Christian TV program, The Way of the Master. During his 20-some years as a believer, evangelicalism in America has grown more politicized and skeptics have grown more vocal. Cameron, who will be speaking in Houston on Oct. 1, now finds himself called to point the country back to its Christian roots. This month, he finished filming Monumental, a documentary that tracks God’s influence on the formation of America.

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