Camas man is named the face of a Karen Kingsbury character

By Mary Ann Albright, Columbian Staff Reporter

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When best-selling Vancouver Christian fiction author Karen Kingsbury launched an online contest to find the face for a character in her new series, she received more than 150 entries from across the country. But she didn’t have to look far to find the ideal person to portray Cody Coleman on at least one cover in the four-part Bailey Flanigan series.

Kingsbury and her team selected Solomon Rexius, a 25-year-old Eugene, Ore., native living in Camas while attending Western Seminary in Portland.

Rexius was nominated by his girlfriend and was selected for embodying the characteristics of Cody Coleman, a secondary character in Kingsbury’s Above the Line series. He and Bailey Flanigan, inspired by Kingsbury’s daughter, Kelsey Russell, are the focus of the new series, which launches March 22 with “Leaving.”

Coleman travelled to Chicago in late summer for a photo shoot for the cover of the second book in the Bailey Flanigan series, “Learning,” which is set for a June release. He also appeared on Kingsbury’s recent webcast, where he was introduced as the contest winner.

“It was really fun,” he said. “I had never done anything like that.”

Since the webcast he has received a lot of Facebook friend requests and e-mail from Kingsbury fans wanting to connect with the face of a beloved character.

Rexius is excited about the opportunity to gain exposure for Caleb and Sol, the Christian band he and his twin brother, Caleb Rexius, front. But even more so, he’s eager to be a role model.

“I just see it as a good opportunity to live my life in a good, Christ-like way and to be able to show people what a good man is like,” he said.