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I announced to our church family this morning that Jody and I will move to Nashville, Tennessee, in March where I have been hired to serve as Vice President of Student Life at Lipscomb University.  I am humbled and honored to serve in this important role and join the Lipscomb community, but it will be difficult to say goodbye to the Pepperdine community that has been our family for the past eleven years.

Our time at Pepperdine has been transformative for all for us—for Jody, Erica, Hillary, and for me. And when I say transformative, that touches on all aspects of our lives: intellectually; physically; socially; spiritually; emotionally; and professionally. We are and will forever be grateful.

But for my sweet wife and I, it is very clear that we have been called to another stage of this pilgrimage called life. I can say that a decision “has never been clearer,” but in fact we have experienced such clarity on a few other memorable occasions. When we met and knew instantly that we would be married. When we decided to be houseparents at Children’s Homes, Inc. When we chose Ocean Springs over another offer. When we chose Pepperdine over other schools. None of those previous choices made sense in an easily-articulated way, but we were 100% sure that each was supposed to happen—and each time that strong feeling was rewarded over and over again.

So although it makes little sense to leave such wonderful people in such a wonderful place, we leave with deep gratitude and a most confident expectation that we will discover a world full of blessings beyond anything we ask or imagine. We have seen this show before.

 

4 responses to “Major News

  1. W Harold Bigham

    Al,

    This is startling news about which I have mixed emotions. Carol Ann and I know about major moves like this. It is the loss of the University Church and Lipscomb’s gain. As you may know, we are members at Harpeth Hills and as one of my law partners was wont to say, we have a “high sense of availability.”

    Blessings, Hal

    On Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 3:51 PM Starting to Look Up wrote:

    > Al Sturgeon posted: ” I announced to our church family this morning that > Jody and I will move to Nashville, Tennessee, in March where I have been > hired to serve as Vice President of Student Life at Lipscomb University. I > am humbled and honored to serve in this important rol” >

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