CLC 2015

Sex is more than a natural response to attraction — there is more to our sexuality than meets the eye. Scripture teaches that, rather than mere physical expression, sexuality is a sacred gift from God that shapes us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

On January 24-26, 2014, Second Presbyterian will host the annual Christian Life Conference with speakers from Second and the Christian Psychological Center. At this year's conference, titled "Sex | Life," we will discuss a biblical perspective of sexuality, and the way it affects each of our lives.


Conference Speakers

Dr. Carl Ellis

In 1969, Dr. Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers.

Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He continues to serve at C.U.T.S., and is also on the faculty at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at Lábri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his Masters in Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil from Oxford Graduate School.

Dr. Ellis and his wife Karen have the privilege and pleasure of working as a team, traveling and teaching together worldwide. They hope to grow gracefully into ageless adventurers, leaving behind them a legacy of education that brings glory and honor to God. 

Dr. David Dockery

Dr. David Dockery is the president of Trinity International University, one of the most highly respected evangelical institutions in the country.Prior to his administration at TIU, Dockery served for 18 years as president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Dockery is recognized as a leader in Christian higher education across the country, having spoken at dozens of colleges, universities, and seminaries, as well as providing institutional consultations. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (chair, 2005-06), for the Consortium for Global Education (chair, 2007), for the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association.

In addition to serving on several community boards, Dockery has served on the Board for Christianity Today International (where he also served as a Consulting Editor for more than 20 years), for Prison Fellowship Ministries, and The King's College, among others.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Dockery and his wife Lanese have been married for 38 years. They have three married sons and six grandchildren.


Jered McKinna

Jered McKenna is a worship leader at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church. His work includes volunteer organizing, song arranging, writing, and recording, and worship leading. Jered has previously been involved in music theater directing, big band jazz ensembles (piano), and choral performance. His music composition degree (BM) and academic study of audio engineering has aided in his work as an independent recording artist and producer.