During his time at A&T, Pastor Sturdivant accepted the call into Christian Ministry and was subsequently licensed in 1999 and ordained in 2004. After working professionally for several years in the News Media, Pastor Sturdivant was elected as pastor of the Grooms Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Reidsville, North Carolina where he has served since 2009.
In addition to being an award-winning writer of poetry and prose, his first book, Uncovering Church Cliques and Finding Faithful Friends was published in 2009. This dynamic and penetrating book is considered by many to be the most comprehensive material available on the subject of cliques in the church. In that same year, Gospel recording artist Todd Curry & Focus included Pastor Sturdivant’s original song entitled “The Lord is Good” on the CD Quit Playing Church.
Pastor Sturdivant has received a number of recognitions and accomplishments which include: earning his Master of Divinity degree with highest honors, Merit Undergraduate Student Award (NC A&T SU), Chips Quinn Scholar (National Newswriting Scholarship), Loreno Marrow Award Winner, and Archie Logan Scholar (Apex School of Theology). In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Sturdivant also serves as Site Director and adjunct professor of the Burlington Learning Site for the Apex School of Theology and the Vice President of the Pastors Conference for the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association. He is also a member of the Unity Ministers of Reidsville and Vicinity, the Reidsville Branch of the NAACP and a founding member of the Reidsville Community Awareness Group and a member of the Reidsville Ministerial Alliance.
In 2015, Pastor Sturdivant received the Humanitarian Award for Community Service in Caswell/Rockingham Counties. That year, Grooms Chapel was also recognized as the Church of the Year by the Reidsville Branch of the NAACP. He is also pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
He also finds time to serve as a community volunteer, tutor, guest evangelist and lecturer as needed. He is married to the former Tiffany Byrd and together they have three children – Khara, Joshua and Kristofer.