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Retiring Religion Professor Dr. Joe Lunceford delivers annual “Last Chapel” address.
(Photo: Tyler Smith)

GEORGETOWN, KY – After a long and distinguished teaching career at Georgetown College, Dr. Joe Lunceford is retiring at the end of the current semester.

He is completing 33 years as a Professor of Religion at Georgetown.

In delivering the College’s annual “Last Chapel” address on Tuesday, April 15, Dr. Lunceford shared what he called ‘Musings on Life’ with an audience of students, faculty, and staff in Hill Chapel.

“Live life in the moment, not in the past or in the future,” he said, reminding his listeners that there is “no guarantee of tomorrow.”

Dr. Lunceford then recalled how his own plans for life and career had not always gone as he had envisioned, saying, “There are highs and lows for all of us.”

In describing his life’s sometimes uncertain path from service in the U.S. Air Force, to pastoring a church, to earning a Ph.D. at Baylor University, and then finally becoming a college professor, he referenced his favorite Bible verse, Romans 8:28, “And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

“A mark of maturity,” he said, “is to be able to enjoy the trip when God puts you on a detour.”

Dr. Lunceford concluded his presentation with remarks directed particularly to students on the subject of motivation.

“The difference between success and failure,” he told them, “is who wants it the most.”

The College’s Religion Department recently hosted a retirement dinner in Dr. Lunceford’s honor. He requested that, in lieu of gifts, donations be given to the College’s Ora Lunceford Memorial Endowed Scholarship.