Greg Reynolds is a Brooklyn based photographer. Originally from Kentucky, he moved to NYC to attend the Film School of Columbia University from which he obtained an M.F.A. Prior to graduate school, Greg was an Evangelist and Campus Minister for a U.S. based, evangelical Christian student organization, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Coming out as a Gay Man necessitated his resignation from this conservative Christian organization. Reynolds is raising money through Kickstarter in order to produce a photo-book about his life as a closeted gay man in the ministry. He writes:
‘The images from ‘Jesus Days’ were made during my twenties when I was a closeted gay man, a born-again Christian and a working Evangelical Campus Minister for a national conservative Christian youth movement. It was my task to establish groups of Christian Students on secular college campuses who would reach out with the saving message of Jesus Christ to their non-Christian friends. I lead Bible Studies, taught at group meetings, directed weekend Conferences and Summer Camps, engaged in missions in Central America and lead students on evangelism thrusts on the Beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl during Spring Break. But I throughout my ministry, I lived with a secret and struggled, alone, to overcome my own same sex urges. This time period was the end of Disco, and by 1983 when I resigned from the ministry and came out as a gay man, it was the beginning of the AIDS crisis.
‘I believe that ‘Jesus Days, 1978-1983′ brings attention to an vibrant American evangelical subculture that continues to exert strong influence on the public today, all the way to the Whitehouse. I also know that there are young Gays and Lesbians who struggle to reconcile their sexuality with their religious beliefs. This time period is very well documented by such noted American photographers as Nan Goldin, yet the subject matter and world is entirely different.’