Steve and Becky Riggle Steve and Becky Riggle
Executive Producers

Steve grew up in an Assemblies of God church and was licensed in 1969 as a minister. In 1974 Steve and Becky joined the Christian Evangelistic Assemblies (now Grace International) and started a church in Livermore, California. They served as pastors at that location for almost ten years.

In 1983, Steve & Becky moved to Houston, Texas, and began Grace Community Church where they are presently serving in the role of Senior Pastor. During their tenure, Grace has grown to over 14,000 members. An additional campus of Grace began in The Woodlands, Texas in October of 2005 and Oceanside, California in 2010.

Steve currently serves as President of Grace International, a fellowship of over 2,300 churches nationally and internationally. Additionally, Steve serves on the executive team of Houston Area Pastors Council, a group of pastors seeking to serve the whole body of Christ in the Greater Houston area as it mobilizes to reach the whole city with the gospel. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the King's College and Seminary located in Van Nuys, California and has done leadership training in various settings, in the states and overseas. Steve has authored a book entitled “The Sharper Edge,” which was published in 2001, and his messages have been broadcast on nation-wide television.
Jimmy Logan James Logan
Co-Executive Producer

James Logan has produced, directed or edited over 5,000 hours of faith-based television programming. An honor graduate of the University of North Texas' Radio Television & Film program, James has applied his experience at national television ministries such as Lakewood Church,Life Today with James Robison and Houston's Grace Community Church, as well as dozens of other ministries throughout the United States.

In 2003, James created Big Sky Media and transitioned his role to better serve a wider variety of ministries seeking exposure through media's rapidly-evolving landscape. In 2009, James produced "Caught in the Crossfire", a seven-part teaching series based on Steve and Becky Riggle's 1978 life-altering experience in a Philippine prison.

Having a decades-long relationship with the Riggles, James considers his role as producer of "Between The Gates" as not only a fulfillment of his dream of making a meaningful, quality motion picture, but is honored that the Riggles have entrusted him to help tell their story in this unique way. You can learn more about James Logan and Big Sky Media by visiting
Dan and Raven Rubottom Dan Rubottom
Producer / Director

Highly-respected for his post-production and shooting skills, Dan has over twenty-five years experience in film and television. Dan is sought-after extensively for his creative and technical skills in cinematography, editing, motion graphics, visual effects and color grading. He has directed, shot and edited documentaries, commercials, short films and music videos on several continents and in multiple formats including film, RED, Phantom and 5D.

Dan has appeared on Zacuto’s 2011 Emmy-winning Great Camera Shootout documentary and was a panelist for the NRB workshop on Creativity. He has been featured in Making Film podcast, and the CMD Blog. Dan also leads post-production workshops, and his footage has been selected by major trade show exhibits on the NAB show floor. Dan is recipient of multiple Addys, Angels, Tellys, and two NRB awards.

Recently, he co-produced and edited the Rascal Flatts music video “Why” which has logged over one-million online views; and holds Cinematographer credit for the first national program shot with Canon 5D (“RF Unstoppable” aired on CMT and GAC); as well as editing the album’s commercial spot for Target Stores.

DP, Cinematographer and Editor for the short film “Deception”, Dan received a Top Five recognition in Canon’s Beyond the Still National Contest. “Light” a short which he co-wrote, produced, shot and edited was selected as Studio Daily’s short of the week.

Directing eighteen cameras, he also produced and edited the concert film Twenty Three (Cindy Cruse Ratcliff). He has shot and/or edited numerous award-winning projects for a variety of secular and religious clients including Bucky Covington (RED camera operator), Toby Mac’s Dove-awarded Portable Sounds DVD (camera), as well as an Angel awarded short form documentary (director/editor).

Having performed on the national level as a jazz and classically trained musician, Dan brings a unique creative vision and rhythm to his projects. He earned a BS degree in Com Arts (ORU ’92), with emphasis in film/video production, sound recording and audio engineering. After graduation, Dan pioneered a broadcast variety program directing short films, mini-docs, and live music. Transitioning from splicing to non-linear editing, he was among the first to embrace new digital formats and the now legendary Avid Media Composer before it became the industry standard.

Dan has served as Head of Production and Senior Promotions Producer for two separate broadcast stations respectively. Currently his work is prominently featured on the most watched inspirational program in the world, Joel Osteen, for which Dan shoots, edits, designs show opens, commercials and special features.

Dan plays drums and resides in Houston Texas with his wife Raven, their three daughters: Destiny, Cicely, and Sterling Zoe, and the family’s yorkie, Zuzu.

Dan’s work and comments can viewed at:
Dan and Raven Rubottom Raven Rubottom

Raven has nearly twenty-five years experience as a Producer/Director/Writer of television programs, commercials and music videos. She holds a BS in Com Arts: TV Production (ORU ’91); and is Co-founder and Producer at Epiphany Creative Group based in Houston.

After serving as Director of several live television programs, Raven’s focus shifted to Producing. She co-wrote and line-produced over 80 episodes of “This Generation,” a top rated youth program produced on-location across the US, at extreme sports events, concerts and other venues, for which she also interviewed celebrities, athletes and many of the leading CCM artists.

Raven is Co-Creator and Producer of “The Chase with Edward John”, for which four episodes were shot internationally on-location in London and Oslo. She also wrote and produced a short film for Canon’s Beyond the Still National Contest, receiving a “Top Five” recognition. She has produced several music videos, receiving over one million online views (Rascal Flatts “Why”) and several awards (Solveig). She has also produced various retail projects, and her most recent Angel award was received for a short form documentary “Oral Roberts: A Man Who Obeyed God.”

Working with partner and husband, Dan, their projects have garnered numerous awards, including multiple Addys, Angels, Tellys and two NRB awards (Producer of the Year ’02 and People’s Choice ’05).

Raven’s passion is to “tell stories visually in unique and compelling ways.” She resides in Houston with Dan, three daughters, Destiny (16), Cicely (13) Sterling Zoe (11), and the family’s yorkie- Zuzu.
Phil Cooke Phil Cooke

Phil Cooke has produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world. In the process, has been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time – through his company Cooke Pictures in Burbank, California – he’s helped some of the largest nonprofit organizations and leaders in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture. He was formerly a founding partner in the commercial production company TWC Films, which produced two TV commercials for Super Bowl 2008.

According to former CNN journalist Paula Zahn, Phil is rare – a working producer in Hollywood with a Ph.D. in Theology. He’s appeared on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and his work has been profiled in the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to writing his blog at, he also blogs for The Huffington Post, and is a contributor to Fast Company,, and
Jimmy Ray Pickens Jimmy Ray Pickens

Jimmy Ray Pickens has made a career in the film industry for 27 years, both as an actor and in film transportation. After graduating high school in 1984, he studied acting at Chris Wilson's Studio for Actors, in his hometown of Houston, Texas. A fellow acting student helped Jimmy Ray acquire a job on a movie set where his attention for detail was quickly recognized by the Transportation Department.

He began working on his first film: Pray for Death, as a driver. In 1985, he landed his first role as Taylor in Houston: The Legend of Texas, starring Sam Elliott. His role as Cameron in The Locusts caught the attention of director Steven Spielberg. Whether on camera or in transportation, Jimmy Ray has played an integral part in many films, including Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp, Hannah Montana: The Movie, starring Miley Cyrus, The Amazing Spider-Man, and G. I. Joe 2: Retaliation.

Jimmy Ray and his wife of 23 years, Denice, currently reside in Thousand Oaks, California. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Jimmy Ray Pickens Joey Paul Jensen, CSA
Principles Casting Director

Joey Paul Jensen, CSA is an award winning casting director, producer and has coached acting for over 20 years.

Joey co-produced and cast the Sony (2011) release of "Soul Surfer starring Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood.
  Barbara Brinkely, CSA
Casting Director
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