Black History Month 3/3 – Stephanie Hayes, CCS Alumna, Speaks on “Seeing Beyond Color to Character”


Stephanie Hayes, CCS Alumna and parent, spoke on “Seeing Beyond Color to Character.” She has worked in the Office of Diversity at East Tennessee State University and now is the Director of Communities in Schools at Red Bank High School. Ms. Hayes, in her very well-received talk, told students, “We all see other people’s color, but do we see beyond a person’s color to their character.” She gave an engaging talk based on her own experience at (a far less diverse at the time) CCS. It was a very encouraging message.


Black History Month 2/3 – Dr. Alicia Jackson, Professor of History, Speaks on “The Importance of Telling Our Stories in the African-American Experience”


Dr. Alicia Jackson, professor of history at Covenant College, spoke on the importance of stories in the African-American experience. Drawing on her own rich experiences growing up in the Deep South as well as Scriptural themes, she gave a powerful testimony to the importance of telling our stories. Her wonderful talk ends with a stirring poetic recitation.

Black History Month 1/3 – Renowned Scholar and Author, Dr. Carl F Ellis Jr, speaks on “Black Lives Matter”


We were very pleased and privileged to have Dr. Carl F. Ellis Jr, author of Free At Last? The Gospel in the African-American Experience, speak in the CCS Upper School chapels on “Black Lives Matter.” Dr. Ellis made careful distinctions between “Black Lives Matter” The Idea and “Black Lives Matter” The Organization. He also laid out Christian rules for protest. This chapel is definitely worth a listen.

Former Communist Revolutionary Speaks in Chapel (November 2, 2016)


Gerry Gutierrez became a revolutionary as a college student in Peru. As he became more deeply involved in the movement, God brought missionaries into this life who shared the Gospel of Christ with him. Gerry left Peru and studied at Covenant Seminary and became a pastor and a missionary in Latin America. In addition to working with the poor of South America, Gerry has had an active ministry to government officials in Washington, DC and leaders around the world.

Gerry gave different talks in the Middle and High School chapels. You can listen to both of the messages below:

Calvin on Prayer (October 19, 2016)


“To know God as the master and bestower of all good things, who invites us to request them of him, and still not go to him and not ask of him – this would be of as little profit as for a man to neglect a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it had been pointed out to him.”

Chaplain Hutchinson gave a talk on John Calvin, the 16th century Reformer, and his view of prayer. A hand-out of Calvin’s very helpful thoughts is available in the prayer room, or through the Chaplain’s office.

You can listen to the Middle School version of the talk here:

Adam Whitescarver, director of ChattHOP, speaks in chapel (October 12, 2016)


Adam Whitescarver, director  of Chattanooga House of Prayer, spoke in chapel on the subject of prayer. Mr. Whitescarver encouraged us to pair actions with our prayers. His talk was very timely in that we just opened our prayer room in the high school. We now have a space set aside for personal prayer next door to the chaplain’s office.

You can listen to Adam’s talk below: