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Tim Spivey Appointed Vice President for Spiritual Life



December 13, 2023 – Malibu, CA – President Jim Gash (JD ’93) announced today the appointment of Tim Spivey (’97, MS ’00, MDiv ’00), vice president for spiritual life at Pepperdine University, effective January 1, 2024.

In his new role, Spivey will continue to oversee the Hub for Spiritual Life and will join the University’s Steering Team. He will report to Tim Perrin, senior vice president for strategic implementation, and will work closely with President Gash and the leadership team on spiritual life matters.

“Since his return to Pepperdine earlier this year, Tim has focused the University on the One who gives us life and purpose, and comforts the brokenhearted,” said University president Jim Gash. “We are blessed to have a spiritual leader who is so passionate about the University and its Christian mission and teaches us all to live and love like Jesus.”

Spivey has served as senior minister of vibrant and thriving churches, has taught for several years as an adjunct professor in the Seaver College Religion and Philosophy Division, and has deep ties to Pepperdine as both an alumnus and a parent.

Spivey has more than 28 years of ministry experience. He started his professional ministry career at the University Church of Christ at Pepperdine as a campus and worship minister. Spivey also has served in senior minister positions at the North County Church of Christ in Escondido, California, and the Highland Oaks Church of Christ in Dallas, Texas. He was the founding and senior pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California, which he planted in 2010 along with several others.

An alumnus of Pepperdine, Spivey holds three degrees from the University, including a bachelor’s degree in religion, a master’s degree in ministry, and a master of divinity. He earned a doctor of ministry from Abilene Christian University.

Spivey is married to Emily (’00, MS ’14), a double alumna with both a bachelor’s degree and master of science in organizational development from Pepperdine. They have three daughters, Anna, a junior at Seaver College; Olivia, a Seaver College first-year; and Norah, a future Wave.

About Pepperdine University
Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 10,300 students across its flagship liberal arts school, Seaver College; the Caruso School of Law; the Graziadio Business School; the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Follow Pepperdine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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