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At 35, the assistant athletic director and golf coach at Middle Tennessee State University, had spent his life chasing this dream, only to find life taking a different direction than Whit had planned.
New directions, new beginnings is the theme of the upcoming women's conference hosted by Cherie Jobe ministries, and Turnbow a featured speaker.
He's the only male speaker on the schedule, but Jobe calls his message "universal."
"He's got a powerful God story that needs to be told. It doesn't matter if he's speaking in front of women or men, we all walk different paths."
Jobe and Turnbow each grew up in the Bedford County area, and now make their homes in neighboring Rutherford County. Turnbow has just launched Mulligan Ministries, an effort born out of obedience, which took overcoming some fear.
"This is home for me, and I was concerned about how people would react [to my testimony.]"
"I have this persona, people think I'm this way -- and now I'm going to be showing them that 'What you thought was going on, is not what was going on.'"
"I watched Whit grow up, and I think his story is a great opportunity to encourage people to walk with God one step at a time, to grow and mature," said Jobe.
The dream of playing in the PGA?
"In one instant it changed for me," he said, and that paradigm shift revealed to him the importance of encouraging others to overcome. "No one can convince me they can't change their circumstances."
"It's easy to think that people will judge you, but Whit is a great example of what young kids can aspire to be. I think he's a great example of what God can do with us. The secret is, we have to be willing," said Jobe.
The conference takes place Saturday, Feb. 9. Registration information is available at www.cheriejobe.com