New Documentary Illustrates Heart and Mission of Liberty University

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This month, Liberty University’s Marketing Department released the 'Journey of Champions' documentary, telling the stories of three graduates from Commencement 2012.

This month, Liberty University’s Marketing Department released the "Journey of Champions" documentary, telling the stories of three graduates from Commencement 2012.

The project began to develop in January. Several candidates were interviewed before three were chosen. Production spanned over five months and about 40 people were involved.

“We only touched the surface of the stories that are being written here,” said Caleb Atkins, promotional video producer/lead, Liberty Marketing. “We were privileged to hear dozens of stories leading up to the production that gave testimony to the life-changing work that God is doing here.”

He said while focusing on filming, it is often easy to miss out on the “heart level stories” that are an integral part of the university.

“Being a part of this production really provided perspective into the heart and mission of Liberty,” Atkins said.

"Journey of Champions" introduces Kristal Dahlager, William Viriato, and Laura Holmes.

Dahlager is a living miracle. She graduated from Liberty University School of Law despite physical handicap and the challenges associated with it — including acclimating to a new community on the other side of the country. Liberty helped her develop her passion for law and has equipped her to use it to fight abortion. She is involved with a pro-life organization and has shared her story at various events.

Viriato overcame the academic and social challenges of an international student (from Brazil) who does not speak English as a first language. Through help from Liberty’s tutoring services, he was able to improve his grades and pursue his artistic aspirations through the Liberty University Department of Theatre Arts.

Family tragedy and heartache brought Holmes, a mother of two, to a realization that though she was further along in her journey, she was called to pursue a degree in psychology so that she could help others through their pain. Thanks to Liberty’s online education program, she was able to be faithful to that calling.

Ron Kennedy, senior vice president for Marketing, said the documentary illustrates the true mission of Liberty University.

“These powerful stories show what a faithful God we serve, and just how exceptional individuals of the Liberty family truly are. The video speaks to who we are as a university — truly committed not just to providing quality education, but an atmosphere of community, to genuinely Train Champions for Christ.”

"Journey of Champions" can be viewed on Liberty’s YouTube channel. It was released on various social media platforms and aired on the Liberty Channel and Liberty Today, the university’s mobile app.

Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., is the world’s largest Christian university. Nearly 100,000 students attend classes on its 6,800-acre residential campus and study in its thriving online education program.

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