After graduating from Trevecca, Lucas Reed (’14) went to work for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit with a mission to create sustainable jobs and provide relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing. While there, Reed had an idea, one that he believes God gave him. That idea took shape as Rippl, a nonprofit Reed started in April 2017 that works in partnership with Soles4Souls. Rippl coordinators collect shoes through shoe drives, partnerships and networking. Those shoes are then processed and distributed to micro-partners in developing areas who use the inventory to create thriving businesses and communities. Learn more about Rippl at

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“God really used the two and a half years I was [at Trevecca] to mature me. A lot of the professors took the time to pour into me, not even just the knowledge standpoint from class, but also speaking wisdom. That helped prepare me. The time in the classroom with people like Jamie Casler and Iris Gordon taught me the business side of things. One of the biggest take-aways I got at Trevecca is having a better understanding of how we can really help people. I’m a big believer that giving has to be two-way giving—unless it’s a crisis situation—that create dynamics that build empowerment. Creating that viewpoint helped me to see the world in a different way.”

This academic year marks the tenth anniversary of Trevecca’s J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. Learn more about the Center at