Brother Sheffey and Prayer
Southwestern Virginia has produced great men in every walk of life-soldiers, statesmen, and scholars, but no man has lived between Roanoke and Bristol and between the Blue Ridge and Flat Top Mountains has made a deeper impression on the whole people of that part of the state than Rev. Robert Sayers Sheffey, who knew the power of prayer. He was a Methodist preacher in Virginia who was held in awe of those who knew him because of the answers he received to prayer and a unique man of simple faith in a God who could do anything. Rev. Sheffey’s life is an encouragement to children of God everywhere. Many have written stories about Brother Sheffey, but since he was such an unusual man, they have consisted almost entirely of the peculiar things he did. In this volume, only those stories that have been substantiated the most have been included, but certainly more could be added.


This award-winning Unusual Films production depicts actual events from the life of Robert S. Sheffey, a nineteenth-century circuit rider. The film tells the story of a unique servant of God, who as a rowdy young man followed his friends to a revival meeting and there found in the Scriptures new direction for his life. Ardent in prayer, tireless in service, and steadfast in defense of the truth, “Brother Sheffey” rides through the hills spreading the gospel. Although he suffers the loss of his two greatest earthly treasures in one day, Sheffey still finds forgiveness in his heart for the person who caused his sorrow. This film brings hope, courage, joy, and tears.