The Perspectives Series is an open forum for the Nashville community featuring locally and nationally revered speakers and thought leaders on topics of parenting, education, resilience, and faith.
Offerings are open to all ages and will explore different perspectives of faith in action. Perspectives is open to the public and free of charge.
Bob Goff · Darryl Strawberry · David Thomas-Daystar Counseling Ministries · Dr. John M. Perkins · Stephen James & Chip Dodd-Sage Hill Counseling · Southeast Psych · Anthony Ray Hinton · TN Governor Bill Lee · Homeland Security Internet Crimes Taskforce · Metro Nashville Police Department · Lauren King- Southeast Psych · Elizabeth Clement Webb, FBI · Rev. Dr. David Filson, CPC/CPA · Kyle Cruze, LMFT ·
In February of 2020, the Academy hosted speaker, author, and competitive thru hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis.
Jennifer is an Appalachian Trail record setter. Her stories of endurance and faith are inspiring to those in every walk of life. Attendees heard her stories from the trail, as well as her personal testimony, life of her family, and role the outdoors has played in her walk of faith. She shared the mountains she has climbed and the valleys she has traversed in her ongoing effort to witness God in creation.
In September 2019, CPA students and families were honored to hear from Anthony Ray Hinton, author of the CPA Woven summer read The Sun Does Shine. Hinton shared testimony of his 28 years spent on death row for a wrongful conviction of murder. Hinton seeks to export his experience, to give body and feeling to the statistics and figures surrounding topics such as incarceration, criminal justice reform, and the death penalty.
In April 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee visited campus to share his personal testimony of faith and trust throughout his life and the life of his family. Lee shared on his love of Tennessee, family history, and path to state government. His stories inspired attendees to follow a gospel trajectory throughout seasons of loss and listen for God's calling in all challenges.
In 2018, the Academy hosted Dr. John M. Perkins, a leading voice on civil rights, racial injustice, and social activism. Key takeaways from Dr. Perkins included the importance of open conversation on topics of racial inequity and a call for reconciliation between racial divides in the Church.
Dr. Perkins also shared the important vision of his family's non-profit, The Perkins Foundation, and their active role in gospel-centered healing among communities of all backgrounds.