Shorter University President’s Gala to feature Hollywood star Kevin Sorbo


ROME, Ga. — Shorter University announced on Tuesday, April 30, that Hollywood star, director, producer and author Kevin Sorbo will be the featured speaker at Shorter University’s 2024 President’s Gala on Dec. 5, 2024.

“The President’s Gala is always a wonderful celebration of Shorter University and the work the Lord is doing,” said Dr. Don Dowless, Shorter University President. “We are thrilled to feature Kevin Sorbo as our speaker, as he is well-known in Hollywood, but also serves the Lord and boldly proclaims His name.”

Kevin Sorbo is best known for his roles as Hercules in Hercules, the Legendary Journey, as Captain Dylan Hunt in Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, as Professor Jeffrey Radisson in God’s Not Dead, and has been a driving force in Hollywood for over three decades.

In 1997, during his tenure as the strongest man in the world, Sorbo suffered three strokes resulting from an aneurysm in his left shoulder. He tells the compelling story of his grueling recovery in his book, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life. The recipient of numerous professional awards, Sorbo was honored by Movie Guide for “Most Inspirational Performance of the Year” for What If… His tremendous performance in God’s Not Dead, which was dollar-for-dollar one of the most successful Hollywood films ever, transformed and refocused the Hollywood star. Speaking publicly as a stroke survivor inspired him to talk more openly about his views on life. Passionate almost to a fault, in 2019, Kevin was the third-highest fundraiser for pro-life causes in America.

Continuing in his dedication to advancing the gospel, Sorbo directed and starred in the feature film, Let There Be Light, which he co-produced with his wife, Sam, and Dan Gordon. The team’s second movie together, Miracle in East Texas, will hit theaters this fall. The Sorbos home educate their three children in Florida.

“We want to invite you to join us on December 5, 2024, at the President’s Gala,” added Dr. Dowless. “Shorter University is preparing today’s generation with a Christian education, which is more crucial than ever. Come invest in the lives of our students and be a part of Transforming Lives through Christ.”

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