In the late 70s and early 80s, Greg Reynolds was a closeted gay man in his 20s, working as a campus minister for an evangelical Christian student organization called the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. During these years, Greg struggled with his homosexuality. He was overwhelmed by grief and saw no option other than to repress his desires for sex and love. In 1978, a missionary friend gave Greg a 35 mm Pentax K1000 that she didn’t use:
‘I knew very little about photography, but I loved taking pictures. It wasn’t my intention to document the American evangelical movement, but rather to take photographs of the people and places that were important to me. Now I see that the camera allowed me to say in pictures what I could never say in words.
When therapy and prayer failed to change me into an enthusiastic heterosexual, I came out as a gay man and resigned from the ministry. Today, I am working on turning my Kodachromes into a photo book called Jesus Days. I just launched a Kickstarter, which you can support here to help me bring this project to life. These photos offer a unique perspective into the peculiar world of IVCF, which, at the time, boasted 500 affiliated chapters on secular colleges and university campuses across America. I captured my fellow evangelicals praying and counseling with students, leading Bible studies and group meetings, and engaging in missions abroad. Here are a few pictures from my collection.‘