Published March 21, 2017
“I can’t please everyone, but I can please God,” Larry Pursiful, associate pastor of Westport Road Baptist Church in Louisville, said at a recent men’s Bible study.
As a boy from the town of Four Mile in Bell County, he dreamed of playing basketball for the University of Kentucky while playing one-on-one with his older brother on the their porch, using a makeshift goal.
Larry was blessed to live his dream when he became a standout player for University of Kentucky and Adolph Rupp in the 1960s. But he made an unlikely career move by following a mid-life call to the ministry in order to please God. Since that decision, the Lord has used Larry’s successes and personal connections within the world of sports for over 30 years, as he has indeed lived out those words spoken at that breakfast.