Pranksters Tell (Almost) All

Kathy Dean Experience, Spring 2014

There are some stories about pranks that aren’t fit to print in a family magazine. It had to be students on some other college campus who snuck into the library one night to put a dead possum in an air conditioning duct. Surely it wasn’t ministerial students who “borrowed” a Blockbuster drop-off box and placed it at the entrance to …

Raising Friends: Dr. Fred & Sue Lackey Memorial Scholarship

Kathy Dean Giving, Spring 2014

Dr. Fred Lackey’s official title at the University of Mobile is “assistant to the president” directing the school’s church and denomination relations. He prefers another title. “I call myself the Chief Resident Hugger of the University of Mobile,” Lackey said. His energetic embrace of life and passion for sharing God’s love with every person he meets has made Lackey an …

A Shared Vision: Tommy Northrup

Kathy Dean Faith, Fall 2013

Tommy Northrop had a vision, and he worked hard to make it happen. As CEO with a controlling interest in Barrow Fine Furniture, Tommy built a business that became the largest independently owned furniture store in Alabama. But Tommy had something else that he considered much more important – a relationship with the Lord. That relationship guided Tommy’s business practices, …

‘God Did It’

Kathy Dean Fall 2013

This is the story of God working through people to accomplish His end. -Dr. Mark Foley It was Thursday. The meeting in the Weaver Hall office of University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley had just wrapped up with approval of a design plan to turn a large classroom space in Martin Hall into a top-notch professional recording studio. But …

Worth the Sacrifice

Kathy Dean Fall 2013

Loyalty. Duty. Respect. Selfless Service. Honor. Integrity. Personal Courage. These seven core values of the United States Army – known by the acronym LDRSHIP –also correspond to the Christian leadership focus of the University of Mobile, said Jameron Gatson,’07 and ’13. A 2nd lieutenant in the Alabama National Guard, Gatson said these core values did more than make him a …

In the Center of Worship: Dr.Todd F. Stearns ’88

Kathy Dean Fall 2013

There is a moment during the church service when Todd Stearns is at the center of sound. The 120-voice choir and full orchestra of First Baptist Church of Naples, FL are behind him and 2,000 worshippers are in front of him. It is the moment when his hand is raised, directing the music, directing the worship. In the midst of …