A favorite expression in our town is “Only in Nashville,” normally used to describe a gifted music professional who currently works another profession. Perhaps that’s appropriate here. We spoke this week with Dustin Overbeek, a singer/songwriter/tennis professional who came to Lipscomb from Huntsville, Alabama. In our brief conversation, we learned a lot about his admirable priorities, his favorite teachers, and the unique day he met his future wife.
What years did you compete for Lipscomb?
I played tennis for Coach Lynn Griffith from 1999-2003.
What teammate was most memorable, and why?
Danny Norman and I became good friends. We were in the same class, and we played doubles together our last couple of years at Lipscomb. He was the calming voice I needed in those years. Danny was one of the best competitors I’ve known and seemed to always find a way to win matches. He played #1 singles all four years and was a leader on our team on and off the court, but even more important: Danny’s a genuinely all-around good person.
What degree did you earn?
I earned a Business Management degree from Lipscomb in 2003 with a minor in Organizational Communication.
Why did you attend Lipscomb?
Honestly, I came to Lipscomb to play tennis. Lipscomb legend and volunteer recruiter George McIntosh really took an interest in me, and he was a relentless recruiter. I’m eternally grateful for his pursuit of me. The city of Nashville also attracted me to Lipscomb.
Although I came for tennis, little did I know when I started my freshman year that Lipscomb would have a profound impact on me spiritually and academically.
What is your favorite athletic memory at Lipscomb?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one, because I have a lot of fun memories from my days on campus at Lipscomb. The moments that stick out most, though, are the matches where mine was the deciding match and it came down to me to clench the win for the team. I loved those moments when both teammates and the opposing team were watching my match and yelling with every point. It’s a great atmosphere, and to me it felt like a bullring or steel cage match.
Who influenced your athletic career at Lipscomb?
Coach Griffith was my biggest influence. He transcended athletics and truly mentored me on how to be good man. His example of devotion to his family and to God really changed my life. The grace he offered me throughout my college career is unsurpassed. He put up with a lot from me and remained patient, making each moment a learning experience.
What’s your favorite non-athletic memory from your time here?
The overall highlight moment of my time at Lipscomb was the day I met my future wife, Lauren, in the lobby of Sewell Hall. I had a band at the time that played around campus quite a bit. Lauren saw us play at a campus event, Rites of Spring, and she came to buy one of my CDs. That meeting changed the whole trajectory of my life for the better!
Also, we had a couple of mutual friends, Jason Cochran and Hunter Alsup, who paved the way for Lauren and me to get to know each other better. I give them partial credit for their matchmaking efforts.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dustin understated his musical abilities. He is a talented musician (guitar and harmonica) and vocalist who has released five records. He still plays several shows each year, but he scaled back his music when his first daughter was born in 2012.
What is the most valuable lesson you learned in your time at Lipscomb?
I became a Christian while I was at Lipscomb. I learned (and am still learning) what it means to be a disciple of Christ. I have no doubt the Holy Spirit and God’s providence guided me to Lipscomb through tennis in order to bring me to know Him. My Bible professors allowed me to ask questions without fear of judgement. Their reassurance was comforting.
Who were your favorite professors & why?
I had many good professors, but the ones who made the largest impact on me were Lee Camp and Earl Lavender. Both of these men set authentic examples of discipleship for me. They were kind, patient and devoted to shepherding students in their walks with Christ, and they never candy-coated the challenges of a Christian life. They always dug deep.
David Lawrence was another great professor. In his class on Renaissance and Reformation, he made the idea of “faith through grace and not by works” come alive to me. This was a huge factor in my coming to faith. I had never heard that God, by His grace and
Jesus’ blood, loves me even in my brokenness.
What do you do now?
I’m the Director of Tennis at Richland Country Club. I started working at Richland about three weeks after I started school at Lipscomb in 1999. I worked the front desk, taught some kids’ classes and did court maintenance. After graduating in 2003 I became a full-time assistant professional, and in 2005 I became the Director.
Tell us about your family:
I’m married to beautiful Lauren (Renfro) Overbeek (Class of ‘02), and we have two awesome kids, Liam (7) and Finley (6).
- Favorite food: Steak & fries
- Favorite TV show or movie: Breaking Bad
- Favorite scripture: Phillipians 4:4-8 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
- Favorite sports teams: Tennessee Titans/Nashville Predators
- Pet peeve: Elitism and Unawareness
- Person I most admire: Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Favorite season: Fall
- Pick one – salad or dessert: Dessert
- Dream vacation spot: Bahamas
- Early morning or late night person? Late Night