We are confronted almost daily by bad news that dispels the myth of post-racial America. Is there any good news? How does the gospel weave our smaller personal stories and our racial and cultural identities into the larger identity of Christ’s “one new humanity”? These are some of the questions we will explore together at this special conference sponsored by Covenant Seminary’s City Ministry Initiative (CMI).
DR.CARL ELLIS, JR.
Associate Pastor of Cultural Apologetics, New City Fellowship, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Redeemer Seminary
Dr. Ellis began his ministry in 1969 as a senior campus minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York City. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland, 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 (CUTS), and as dean of intercultural studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Currently, Carl serves on the faculty at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and as associate pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Karen. Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri in Hermoz sur Ollon, Switzerland, completed his ThM at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a DPhil from Oxford Graduate School. He is the author of Free At Last?: The Gospel in the African-American Experience (IVP, 1995), and Going Global Beyond the Boundaries (UMI, 2005).
DR. PETER SLADE
Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Ashland University
Peter received his doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia. Prior to that, he earned an MA in southern studies from the University of Mississippi and a BD with honours in Christian ethics and practical theology from St. Andrews University, Scotland. He also studied community work at Ruskin College, Oxford. Interested in the lived theologies of Christian communities, Dr. Slade’s first book, Open Friendship in a Closed Society: Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship (OUP, 2009), is an interdisciplinary study of an ecumenical racial reconciliation initiative in Mississippi.
Dr. Slade chairs the Department of Religious Studies at Ashland University and is co-editor and contributor in two volumes connected with the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia—Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins(University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and Lived Theology in Method, Style, and Pedagogy (forthcoming). A grant awardee and participant in the Virginia Seminar in Lived Theology, Peter is currently researching justice, reconciliation, and the practices of congregational singing; that is, the ways that singing shapes—and is shaped by—the lived ecclesiologies of different congregations and communities.
Living in Ashland, Ohio, with his wife and two children, Peter attends Ashland’s First United Methodist Church, where he is a musician and worship leader.