Hanks, who starred in blockbusters Forest Gump and Saving Private Ryan, talked with the group for about five minutes. He mentioned that he regularly attended Saint Sophia, a Greek Orthodox Church. He also mentioned he had seen the Biola sign on the freeway and knew approximately where the school was located.
Liesch, who teaches the worship foundations class, introduced Hanks to each student. “He was most cordial and friendly. He asked the students questions like what they were majoring in. When I asked if he wouldn’t mind taking a picture with Katie, he said ‘Absolutely not,’ and he put his arm around her shoulder while posing. Justin had a digital camera so we snapped a couple of pictures,” Liesch said.
As soon as they got out of the church, the music students were on their cell phones, dialing up their parents, brothers and sisters, and calling students in their dorm rooms to tell them about their encounter with one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Easy does it! Talented yes, but not a god.