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Founder of “The Work of the People” Travis Reed to Speak at King University, First Presbyterian Church

BRISTOL, Tenn., October 26, 2016 – Travis Reed, the founder of “The Work of the People” and “Altǝr Video Magazine,” will speak Monday, Nov. 7 as part of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture 2016-17 Lecture Series. He will speak at King’s Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. and later that evening at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, which is adjacent to campus at 701 Florida Avenue, Bristol, Tenn. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“‘A new era of wonder-filled Christianity,’ that is how Travis Reed’s work has been described. Travis carries a commitment to sharing stories of Christ’s followers, and we are excited to welcome him to the King Institute for Faith and Culture,” says Director Shannon Harris. “Travis is enthusiastic and passionate about his faith, and about how it shapes his art. He will be a compelling speaker.”

Travis Reed founded The Work of the People and Altǝr Video Magazine in 2005. The Work of the People is an online, independent ecumenical platform that produces and publishes Christian short films about interesting faith leaders to stir imagination, spark discussion and move people toward discovery and transformation. Altǝr Video Magazine is an extension of Reed’s online platform that is geared to the general public with a focus on how “God’s narrative requires we altǝr our perspective, that we step, in faith, into God’s upside down reality. In God’s reality we listen for, live, and speak God’s upside down voice of faith, hope, and love, not striving for ourselves but serving our neighbor.”

Over the years, Reed has gathered the wisdom and insight of an unparalleled collection of theologians and practitioners. Author Barbara Brown Taylor said of Reed, “Travis is quite an artist, creative, and faithful; his work is so meaningful. He is a genius behind the camera. In ways that bypass ordinary logic, he sees with his heart, makes connections between apparently unrelated things, and produces films that nourish the life of faith without putting anything sticky sweet in them. You can trust him to move you and make you think at the same time, but above all, you can trust him. I did and do. God must be really happy with the way he's turning out.”

Reed was once abused, nearly kidnapped, and fatherless. While at the end of his rope, he became a Christian through a U2 song, Hawkmoon 269. He is now is married to his best friend and a father of two boys.

Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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