Randy Cooper is Baccalaureate speaker at Lambuth
Lambuth University held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 10.
Graduation weekend began with the Senior Breakfast on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, the celebration continued with the Baccalaureate Service. The Baccalaureate speaker was Dr. Randy Cooper, a 1975 Lambuth graduate. A President’s Reception followed the Baccalaureate Service.
Graduation weekend concluded with Commencement. Approximately 180 students received their diplomas during the ceremony. Lambuth alumni from the Class of 1959 were honored with their 50-year medallions.
The Commencement speaker was Memphis native Henry M. Turley, who is currently working with the City of Jackson to revitalize the downtown and Lambuth area.
Baccalaureate speaker Rev. Cooper and his wife Gayle, a 1973 Lambuth graduate, have been married for 35 years. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. Rev. Cooper was raised in a long-time Methodist family on a West Tennessee farm that has been in his family since 1822. After graduating from Lambuth, he studied at Union Theological Seminary, New York; the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; Memphis Theological Seminary and the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J.
Currently in his 31st year of pastoral ministry, Rev. Cooper has co-directed a small retreat center for prayer and the witness of peace in the world. He presently serves as chair of the Order of Elders of the Memphis Conference. His is a ministry of building up the Body by offering a theological, pastoral witness within his congregation and the Conference.
Turley, President of Henry Turley Company, graduated from the University of Tennessee. He’s past president of the Memphis Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management. He served as Chairman of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Chairman of Goals for Memphis, Vice-Chairman and Director of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of Lemoyne-Owen College and Board of Directors of National Commerce Bancorporation. He’s currently on the University of Memphis Board of Visitors. Turley lives and works in downtown Memphis and is committed to the redevelopment of the inner city.