Raised in Helen, Arkansas, Stroupe was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and has been friends with Ed Loring since their days together at Columbia Seminary. For nearly as long as Stroupe’s been at Oakhurst, Loring has run Atlanta’s Open Door Community, which he’ll close in January, the same month Stroupe retires.
“I turn 70 on Sunday (Nov. 27),” Stroupe said recently. “I’m just getting tired. I’ll miss the preaching and pastoring, but I won’t miss the late-night meetings.”
Oakhurst will hire an interim replacement for Stroupe in January, but several members have said finding a full-time replacement may stretch into 2018.