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He admits to more than a bit of bittersweetness about his decision to leave his 800 member congregation in Abilene to shepherd University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin, which has 250 members.
"On the one hand, you have the process of saying goodbye to the best people you've ever known, who have loved you for so long," he said. "And yet, you have the sense that it's time for another chapter, in another place, and there is great anticipation (about) what happens next."
In June, 1975, the Sharps moved to a church in Albuquerque.
Sharp went to Rice University to study physics in 1969, a time his online biography on University Church of Christ's Web site describes as "a time of crisis and discovery."
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"We will identify people we think could be another positive match for the University church, and we will initiate contact with them, rather than doing an advertising campaign and requesting applications," he said.
The church waited almost two years before hiring Sharp almost three decades ago.
"If he wants to make a change in his life, (it is) by far the best possible place for him, for his wife and his family," she said.
Located in downtown Austin, the church is greatly oriented toward young people, Kyker said, something that she believes will mesh well with Sharp's experience in Abilene working with college students.
University, is an elder at Sharp's church and described him as "the finest pastoral minister in (the) Churches of Christ."
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It is suggested that a 12 month period is "not too long" for an interim minister to serve, and the church plans to give itself plenty of time for self reflection, Siburt said.
The move is also bittersweet for Annette Sharp, who for 18 years has been secretary at Fannin Elementary, he said.
University Church of Christ member Chris Kyker, 83, said she attended University Avenue in Austin for about eight years.
But "after a while, you're open to sort of a new beginning," he said.
And then, there's 2 year old grandson, Sailor, to consider.
Longtime minister moving on
"We think we need to do that," he said. "We don't need to assume this is the same church it was 28 years ago."
Sharp, who announced the change Sunday, said he believed God had blessed his family in Abilene and that those blessings would continue in his new church home.
Sharp transferred to ACU in 1970 and graduated with a Bible major with a physics minor.
When minister Eddie Sharp leaves University Church of Christ on Aug. 10, his leave taking also will mark the 28th anniversary of his arrival at the church in 1980.
William Young has been chosen to serve as interim minister on a "part time Prada Wallet Women Price but consistent basis," Siburt said. In time, the church will form a search team, starting a national initiative to find Sharp's successor.
Eddie and Annette Sharp's first grandchild happens to live in Austin with his parents, Trent and Heather. The Sharps have two other grown children.
Siburt, who has attended University Church of Christ for 11 years, said he and Sharp have worked together closely as church leaders, including hosting retreats for couples in ministry.
The couple have three grown children.
Kyker said she believed Sharp's plans to leave would leave a "tremendous vacuum" in Abilene because he is "so well known, respected, and loved," but he couldn't have picked a better place to go to.
"Her leaving has been as big of a deal for Fannin as my leaving has been for the church," he said. "It's been as much of a consideration in this as everything else."
"One of our elders said the faith of a 2 year old may not be able to move a mountain, but it can move a granddad," Eddie Sharp said.
"I've already been crying," Siburt admitted. "I've told him 'don't even think about getting out of cell phone or e mail range.'"
He married his wife, Annette, in 1972, and the couple worked with worked a church in Trent from August 1972 to June 1974. They then moved to Las Vegas and worked with the Oakey Boulevard Church of Christ for a year.
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