Breakout Session Offerings
Bringing Holiness to Completion Amid Suffering – David Fraze and Josh Ross
Bringing Holiness to Completion through the Study of God’s Word (Andrea Morris & Phil McKinney)
Dr. Andrea Y. Morris loves exploring the natural beauty of God’s creation and the man made environment to understand how they co-exist and support one another. She has been blessed to live, learn, and work in communities that support and strengthen her thirst for seeing God transform both people and spaces for His glory. Andrea was the Mistress of Ceremonies for “Daughter’s of the King”, a Christian conference for young women and has been the keynote and session presenter for several Ladies Day programs and conferences. She has also presented at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences and has been interviewed by various media on topics of economic development, workforce development, collaboration, transportation, and resiliency. Andrea’s foundational scripture is Jeremiah 1:5, believing that she has been called by God to be an ambassador to each “nation” He sets before her and trusting that He will equip her for this work. As an example of His equipping, Andrea earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University, a Master’s degree in Urban Studies from Long Island University and a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University. Andrea is passionate about building God’s people, especially His daughters-to Stand, “and after you have done everything, to Stand,” (Ephesians 6:13) living a life under His covering and anointing. You can often find her snapping pictures and writing about her life’s journey, or watching/attending sporting events.
Phil McKinney II is the Discipleship Minister at the Fairfax Church of Christ in Fairfax, VA. Phil has over 25 years of ministry experience in Arkansas, Virginia, and through mission work in over 11 countries. Phil also teaches as an adjunct professor for Harding University, Harding School of Theology, Abilene Christian University, and Toccoa Falls College. He holds degrees from Harding University (B.A.), Harding School of Theology (M.A.), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., Discipleship and Family Ministry). He has published articles in the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership and the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry and recently authored a chapter in the book Practical Family Ministry from Randall House. He is passionate about God and His Word and deeply desires to help others fall in love with Christ. Phil has been married to his wife Angie for 22 years and they have three beautiful daughters Kaylee, Taylor, and Rylie.
Bringing Holiness to Completion through Service – Sammie Young
Sammie is the Family Minister to Students at Fairfax Church of Christ, where he started attending the as a student himself in the late 80’s. Although he has been in full time ministry for a relatively small amount of time, he considers his journey to his current position as a unique testimony (and one that he is happy to share with you if you want to know)! Sammie graduated from the University of Virginia, both from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law. After almost 15 years serving in several capacities on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, he happily accepted God’s call to work and serve alongside the junior high and high school students of the congregation, and reflect how a love for God and His Word means more than anything!
Sammie met (in room 202) and married (in the worship center) his wife Jill at the Fairfax Church of Christ, and they have one very, very energetic son, Maxwell. When not writing biographies for church websites, he enjoys all things movies (watching, talking about, reading about, and eventually writing them(!)), games of all sorts, music (especially of the 80’s), a good cup of coffee, long conversations with friends and vehemently stands by the fact that you should ALWAYS start viewing the Star Wars saga with Episode IV, NOT Episode I.
Bringing Holiness to Completion through Life in the Church (Mike Tune)
Mike Tune has been the preaching minister of Fall Church Church of Christ since 1999. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, he did his graduate work in Bible at Harding School of Theology. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and author of “How to Read the Bible Without Getting Lost.” He and his wife Monica have three children and six grand-children. Mike is also president of Amazing Grace International, which offers Bible courses through the newspaper USA TODAY and supports the education of poor children in foreign countries – specifically Vietnam.
Bringing Holiness to Completion through Prayer (Earnest Murray)
Earnest L. Murry is a native of Montgomery, AL. After graduating high school, he accepted a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee. He also served in the United States Navy and received a bronze star for his honorable service.In 1996, he attended Faulkner University and became a member of the Lord’s church. He began preaching in Montgomery, AL and has served congregations in Georgia, Virginia and Maryland. He has over 25 years of experience and has a PhD in counseling. He currently is the Senior Minister of the Community Church of Christ in Alexandria, VA.Earnest is married to Jennifer and they have one son, Martin.
Bring Holiness to Completion (a class for the deaf) (Mark Lowenstein)
Mark serves at the Camelback Church of Christ as a Minister of the Gospel for the Deaf in October 2011. Mark has been serving at Deaf Missions in Iowa as the Director of Training and Outreach since June 2010. Prior to that time, he served as the Fairfax Church of Christ in Fairfax, Virginia, as minister to the deaf for 9 years. He also served as the deaf minister for the Overland Park Church of Christ in Overland Park, Kansas for 2 years. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science from Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. He attended the Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children (Amanda, Angela and Alyson).
Elder Breakout Sessions – “God’s Preferred and Promise Future”
For twenty years terms like missional and missional church have provided new definitions and concepts for vision in congregations. Church leaders in the 21st Century, seeking to minister both inside and outside the walls of church are examining technical change and adaptive change. These breakout sessions will explore missional church as foundational for moving into God’s preferred and promised future.
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David Wray is an elder at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. He served for 20 years in congregational ministry before transitioning to teaching and administering in the College of Biblical Studies at ACU. After retiring from ACU, David served for a year as the interim director for ElderLink and currently directs ACU Summit. David and his wife Jeanne, married for more than 50 years, have two children and four grandchildren.