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‘CHiPs’ star to screen film at church

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

SPARTA – Erik Estrada, who starred in six seasons of the TV show “CHiPs” in the 1970s and 80s, will speak Tuesday at Salem Baptist Church on behalf of his new movie, “Finding Faith.”

The family friendly movie starts at 6:30 p.m., and the church is at 24032 Sparta Road.

“Finding Faith” is a full-length narrative motion picture that tells the true story of how a family found faith in their battle to find and rescue their 14-year old daughter, Faith, who accidently falls victim to an online predator.

Erik Estrada

Erik Estrada

The film highlights the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force edge-of-your seat efforts to rescue children from predators, often right before these children come to great harm. Even the tightest families and most guarded parents often cannot stop predators who have perfected their evil trade.

The film is based entirely on true events from the stories of three females who became victims of Internet predators or sex traffickers. It contains information from observations from experts. It is designed to awaken parents, educators and concerned citizens to the ways children are being targeted.

Estrada is also the national celebrity spokesman for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, the creators of the film. The screening at Salem is part of a national awareness tour that Estrada and the film’s creator and executive director for the Safe Surfin’ Foundation are doing to bring consciousness to this issue.

Last summer, over 400 people from Liberty University and Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg made the movie. The world premier was in Virginia in January.

Estrada is showing the movie in churches, community centers and schools across America.

In today’s world, many parents have had the conversation about technology and the challenges of keeping their children protected when they are online or using smart phones. Whether being concerned about an elementary-aged child learning to use search engines or managing your high schooler’s growing dependency on social networking sites, this film is both entertaining and educational. More information about “Finding Faith” is available at

Estrada, who is of Puerto Rican descent, is best known for starring as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the highly successful television series “CHiPs,” which aired from 1977 to 1983.

As a teen, he got a leading role in a high school play, but his first real acting break came when actor/director Don Murray selected Estrada to star as a streetwise character opposite Pat Boone in the true story, “The Cross and the Switchblade.”

Important roles followed in such films as “Airport ’75” (starring Charlton Heston and Efrem Zimbalist Jr.), “Midway” (starring Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, and Robert Wagner), and “Trackdown,” as well as guest starring in virtually every top dramatic television series, such as “Hawaii Five-O,” “Baretta,” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

“People” magazine once named Estrada one of the sexiest bachelors alive. His face and likeness adorned toys, lunchboxes, collector-cards, puzzles, mugs, T-shirts, towels, and teen magazines.