Hickory – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Living Well Center for Vocation and Purpose will open its 2019-20 speaker series, Lives Worth Living, with a presentation by John Tirro, Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in Grace Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

The Rev. John Tirro is an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor serving at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. He also serves as chaplain of Tyson House Congregational Life and Campus Ministry at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In that role, Tirro oversees the ministries and activities at Tyson House, which exists to serve the spiritual needs of students, faculty, and staff of UT.

Prior to becoming a pastor, Tirro wrote country songs (Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Diamond Rio, Bryan White), and he currently writes hymns, many of which may be heard at johntirro.com. He earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in music from Yale University.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Lives Worth Living speaker series continues with these dates and speakers as follows:

Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, L. Gregory Jones at 7 p.m., Grace Chapel.

Thursday, April 23, 2020, Eboo Patel at 7 p.m. P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

For more information, visit lr.edu/publicevents or contact Mindy Makant, LR associate professor of religious studies and director of the Living Well Center, at mindy.makant@lr.edu or call 828.328.7188.