Mountain man of ‘Duck Dynasty’ has certainly won over A&E viewers. He’s genuine, he’s real, and he’s entertaining. Whether he’s buying a squirrel at a yard sale, fixing an AC while asking Willie for a grape slush, or doing business with the Robertsons, viewers are drawn to him. Though he has earned a spot as a well-known television star, he humbly remains down-to-earth, and just as authentic off screen as he is on screen.
When it comes to Mountain Man…what you see is what you get. What you may not know about this beloved cast member is that outside of the show when he isn’t a d-jay on a thriving radio station, he spends a great deal of his time studying the Bible, attending church with the Robertsons, being a positive messenger in schools, and talking to anyone and everyone who may want to learn about Jesus Christ.
A&E may not show the depth of the Duck Dynasty crew’s faith in the Lord, but if you talk to any of the cast members outside of the show, you can tell from the get-go that their walk with Jesus Christ is by far, their most important identity. They are God-fearing, family loving people that simply like to have a good time, savoring the simple moments, and living life to the fullest. It is without a doubt that the duck crew truly cares about their viewers…and everyone.
As I began talking to Mountain Man for the first time, I automatically knew he had a great heart. We soon realized we share a mutual Faith in God, and found ourselves talking more about the Bible and the Christian journey, than about the show. In fact, I quickly forgot I was even talking to thee Mountain Man from thee ‘Duck Dynasty.’ He was already like an old trusted friend that I had known for years. As a man that is an excellent motivator with an inspiring story, it was a no-brainer that I had to feature another article on his faith alone.
When it comes to ‘Duck Dynasty’ Mountain Man says, “It’s just amazing for an ole redneck country boy. I give it all to the Lord….I really do. They wouldn’t have had me on the show if I wouldn’t have been right with the Lord.”
As the only cast member that is not a family member or an employee of the Duck Commander, Mountain Man believes it was his faith that landed him a spot on the show, and therefore, he wants to use the opportunity to be a positive messenger and encourager. For this bearded country boy, ‘Duck Dynasty’ is a chance to witness and to make a difference in the world. As a real deal kind of guy, he is the first to admit his imperfections, and the last to judge.
“I feel like I should write a book on it. The way I was, the way I am,” reflected Mountain Man.
“I was baptized at an early age. I cannot say that I’m an innocent saint by no means. Growing up in Portland, TN, I had my mischievous ways. I was never a thief or an outlaw, but I had my quirks,” admitted Mountain Man.
During our heart-to-heart, he recounted a turning point in his life about 20 years ago.
“I was driving, and it was probably 1:00 in the morning. I believe I was on Highway 61, and I don’t even know what radio station it was. What they said though was something like, ‘It doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you got, or how much fame you have, you will always have problems in your life if you don’t have Jesus.’ It really stuck in my head. The more I thought about it, the more it sank in,” recalled Mountain Man.
“Life’s not easy..but I have God in my life and it’s so much better…so much better,” he expressed.
“I love where I’m standing with the Lord today. I love being able to actually go to schools and give speeches about bullying, drugs, and abstinence. It makes my soul feel good. I know God asked me to do it. It’s kind of odd how it all came about for me, but the Lord is real. I pray my prayers, and I wish other people would try that, and go to church more, so that they could see how it could change their lives,” he continued.
He sees going around to schools as an opportunity, because he knows that those kids are watching the show.
It’s kind of like they think, “That’s Mountain Man. He might know something.’ I ain’t doing nothing though….just doing what the Lord wants me to do. Just being the messenger. I don’t take credit for anything…I really don’t. I’m the least of the least,” insists the Duck Dynasty star.
He is undoubtedly a positive open book, as he shared so much of his heart, and personal feelings about his journey, and his love for people.
“I’ve always tried to treat others like I would like to be treated. I’m not perfect, and I am a sinner. I don’t know anyone who isn’t. I’ve never been a person to judge, or to hold grudges. I don’t hate anybody, and I don’t even have the ability to do so. I just can’t. The Lord asks us to love all people. As far as hurting anyone’s feelings…I’d rather have mine hurt,” he shared.
He also made a point of speaking very highly about the Robertson men. Though they all cut up with one another on the set of ‘Duck Dynasty’, they truly care about one another as brothers in Christ.
“We all go to the same church. Jase baptized me for my second baptism. He knew my story. He’s had to remind me…’You’re a child of God now, and all things are forgiven.’ I’ve always wanted to thank Jase for spending all that time in Sunday school and in the duck call room where he would talk with me about the Lord. I remember the first time I got to meet Jase…I knew he was really real. He’s such a good messenger, and whenever I would thank him…he’d say, ‘ No Mountain Man…don’t thank me…thank the Lord. I’m just a messenger,” said the fellow cast member.
“That’s what I want to be…a messenger. When people thank me for talking to them about the Lord…I just tell them I’m a messenger…that’s my job,” continued Mountain Man.
Though ‘Duck Dynasty’ viewers often see the bearded men bickering, and living their day to day lives, Mountain Man knows first-hand knows the genuine hearts of Willie, Jase, and the rest of the crew.
“Willie had been on David Letterman, and had gone to all these different events. Out all the celebrity stuff he did…his biggest accomplishment that week was saving one little girl. That’s how we roll…we roll with the Lord,” he said of his co-stars.
“If I can turn one..maybe two around, that’s an accomplishment for me. I believe that is what it’s all about. I wouldn’t be on the show if it weren’t for the Lord…I know he wouldn’t have me on there as one of the characters,” he said emphatically.
“But he’s on me like a band-aid that won’t come off. He’s stuck on me,” chuckled Mountain Man.
“Then we like to make people laugh. Laughing is good for the soul. There are so many depressing shows on tv, and when you turn on the news, there is so much chaos, countries fighting, fights over religious beliefs. Humor is good, and I’m going to keep on doing what the Lord wants me to do,” he continued.
“If you want to be a messenger, it doesn’t end when you walk out of the church door. It goes with you, and it carries on all week…every week. You’ve got to be a follower…not just a fan. You’ve got to walk out that door, and try to make some kind of accomplishment through the Lord, even if it’s just one. We need more people to do that. Instead of just walking out the door and going about with your job, and working hard all week where you don’t think about the Lord….Do what you can do,” concluded Mountain Man.
Though A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ reached 6.5 million viewers on the finale last week, you won’t find Mountain Man or his co-stars dwelling on fame and recognition. You will however find them reaching out, loving, and getting pure joy out of bringing smiles and laughs to people all over the world.
As a ray of light, this man is everything you see on TV…and more.