Dr. Jerry Rushford, Director of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures for the past 30 years, is set to offer the closing night address of the 2012 program on Friday, May 4. A capacity crowd is expected at Firestone Fieldhouse on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus to hear Jerry’s final address entitled “The Wondrous Story” taken from Romans 8:38-39. This presentation will be Jerry’s last as director. He will retire from his position at the conclusion of his sermon.
Since taking the rein of the Pepperdine Bible Lectures in 1983, Jerry has grown the annual event from a just a few hundred guests and a handful of presenters to over 4000 annual guests and hundreds of presenters from around the nation and the world. As he steps down from his leadership role, interest in the program has never been greater.
The growth in both scope and scale of the Bible Lectures, though very impressive, is not Jerry’s greatest achievement. As tributes in honor of his 30 years pour in from around the world, the clear message is that Jerry’s program has provided a safe place for Churches of Christ to gather in unity to consider the most important and difficult issues of our day. Time will tell, but many believe that history will remember Bible Lectures under Jerry’s direction as an essential unifying force during a transitional moment in the history of Churches of Christ.
To honor Jerry’s 30 years of service, Pepperdine will establish The Jerry Rushford Center for Research on Churches of Christ and the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. Visit this The Rushford Center to learn more.
You are invited to write a brief tribute or word of thanks to Jerry Rushford on this blog.
The 69th Pepperdine Bible Lectures will take place in Malibu on May 1-4, 2012.