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Local church members to appear on game show

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Sisters Olivia (left) and Katlyn Moncrief,  of Joshua’s Place, are competing along with their grandmother on the new Game Show Network program, “The American Bible Challenge.”

Special Photo/// Sisters Olivia (left) and Katlyn Moncrief, of Joshua’s Place, are competing along with their grandmother on the new Game Show Network program, “The American Bible Challenge.”

Several members of a local church family are slated to appear soon on one of the Game Show Network’s newest shows.

Katlyn and Olivia Moncrief, along with their grandmother, Patsy Burnette of Locust Grove, make up a three-person team on Game Show Network’s “The American Bible Challenge,” which is set to premier Thursday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m.

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Special Photo/// Patsy Burnette, of Joshua’s Place church in Jackson, makes up one-third of Team Joshua’s Place, which is competing on the Game Show Network’s “The American Bible Challenge.”

The Moncriefs, daughters of Donna and Rick Moncrief of Joshua’s Place Church, and their grandmother, are one of 18 teams listed on the show’s web site. The show is hosted by Georgia native, comedian Jeff Foxworthy.

Donna Moncrief said her mother Patsy learned that Game Show Network would be auditioning teams for the show in Atlanta in late May, and several family members went to the audition.

Olivia, 18, is a student at the Ramp School of Ministry, and is a singer and dancer. Katlyn, 22, is a recent graduate of Emmanuel College with a degree in Christian ministries.

Burnette said she was raised in a pastor’s home and has studied the Bible all her life.

Donna Moncrief said several family members also went to support the team at the show’s taping in July in Los Angeles. She said she enjoyed getting to meet Foxworthy. “He was so awesome ... He was really down to earth,” Donna Moncrief said.

While contestants and their family members aren’t allowed to say much about the format or outcome of the show, and they don’t know exactly when Team Joshua’s Place will be on the air, Donna Moncrief and Burnette think it may be early in the season.

But aside from the thrill of getting to be on a TV game show, each of the show’s teams is also playing for a prize to benefit a charity of their choice. Team Joshua’s Place’s charity is the church building fund.

Burnette, who works as the church’s associate pastor of administration and accounting, said the church owns land on Ga. Highway 36 that it eventually wants to build on. The church currently meets in a space at 146 Stark Road in Jackson.

“Our goal is not to go in debt to build the church ... We have the land on 36 paid for and we feel like we’re not supposed to go in debt,” Burnette said.

She said she feels like through the show, connections will be made to help the church membership achieve that goal.

“The experience was awesome and I feel like the experience was a God thing,” Burnette said. “...There’s going to be a connection to someone who’s going to have lots and lots and lots of money to build our church.”

Burnette said it was also a thrill to share the game show experience with family. “To be able to do it with my granddaughters, that was great,” she said.

On the net:

Game Show Network: http://gsntv.com/