Ask any of the actors who have portrayed Jesus to describe the experience, and you will hear words such as “awe,” “appreciation,” “understanding,” and “fear.” The role in itself is awesome, and to play it is, according to fellow cast members, to define the intensity of the entire pageant.<br>

Although most ordinary men feel somewhat unworthy of the role of Jesus Christ, their work in making the story of his death and resurrection become real to the cast and audience is what makes the Easter Triumph the moving and inspirational pageant it has become.

 “One year as I was getting on the cross, it fell over. It wasn’t anything serious, but these things happen. The hardest thing [about playing Jesus] was knowing what to do. Here you’re portraying someone who’s perfect.” Alfred Boemer (Jesus 1968-1971, 1975)

 “The most peaceful scene to me is with Mary Magdalene. It is near the end and the straining roles are over. Playing Jesus is an awesome role and I feel very unworthy doing it, but I want to do the best I can.” Don Arldt (Jesus 1979-1980, 1989, 1997-1999)

 “Playing Jesus has made me appreciate what He did for us. My favorite scene is with Jesus and Peter—Feed my sheep. It was a moving scene. It shows the close relationship between Jesus and Peter.” Barry Samsel (Jesus 1991-1992)

Actors Who Have Portrayed Jesus

Ted H. Knippa        1959-1966 
Walter Headley       1967
Alfred Boemer        1968-1871, 1975
Don Hilsberg         1972-1973
Lawrence Kohler      1974
Greg Phillips        1976
Bill Krueger         1977
Dennis Crow          1978
Don Arldt            1979-1980, 1989,
Ralph Caroll         1981-1982
Jay Starnes          1983-1984
Randy Scheer         1985-1986, 1990
David Merritt        1987-1988
Barry Samsel         1991-1992
Jeffrey Svoboda      1993-1996
Ken Loveday          2000
Joe Keller           2001-2004, 2008-2009
Benjamin Arldt       2005-2008, 2012-2013
Edward Baumann       2010-2011
David Brown          2012-Present