Images form the last two years of meeting up with Father John to film his activities, interview him and send a drone camera up above his home!

About the Film

RM Media is currently in production making a documentary about the extraordinary life and ministry of Father John Rausch and the impact he is having in Appalachia and beyond.

We're two years in now!

Father John S. Rausch, a Catholic priest with the Glenmary Home Missioners has served for over 40 years ministering in small towns throughout Appalachia and the South. He currently coordinates a Ministry of Appalachian Justice Education in Eastern Kentucky.

Over the years, he taught with Coady International Institute, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center, Berea, Kentucky, plus organized the Mountain Management Institute to serve the business needs of Appalachian cooperatives.  His overseas workshops include Ghana, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Bangladesh and Haiti. 

Father John regularly conducts tours of Appalachia introducing people to the ministries and social issues of the region.  During these tours he combines social analysis with theological reflection encouraging a conversion of heart in participants.  A strong environmentalist, he speaks against the devastation of mountaintop removal and encourages sustainable economic development.

He organized three worker-owned businesses in Central Appalachia and champions the rights of workers.  On a continual basis John sees the effects of globalization within the Appalachian region from environmental degradation to corporate concentration of power, and his voice blends economic analysis with Catholic social teachings.     

Having a masters degree in economics and a masters of divinity degree, he writes frequently for Catholic publications.  Fr. John was named the recipient of the 2007 “Teacher of Peace” award presented by Pax Christi, U.S.A.  His hobby is cooking.

Read Pope Francis' Encyclical regarding creation care here:
"Laudato Si' - On Care for Our Common Home"

He has been featured in interviews with AlJazeera America and other media outlets.


The Production Team

Producer/Director - Ray Mills
Production Assistant/Camera/Editor - Christina Stair
Motion Graphics/Animation/Illustration - Scott A. Callan
Still Photographer - Philip Cleveland
Executive Producer - Charlie Wiles/The Center for Interfaith Cooperation
Music Supervisor/Composer - Isaac Pellerin/Adam Cox


The Cast

Father John Rausch
Sister Robbie Pentecost
Carol Johnston,  Professor Emerita of Theology and Culture, Christian Theological Seminary
Chris Barton, Professor, Forrest Hydrology and Watershed Management