CCC Men’s Breakfasts

2nd Saturdays of each month at 8:30 a.m.

Speakers are asked to answer three questions:

1. Who is the man (or men) who has had the most influence on your life? How so?
2. Tell us about a particularly difficult period(s) of your life. How did your faith sustain you?
3. As you look back over your life, what is one thing for which you are profoundly grateful to God?

Take a look at Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Paul Prather’s answer to the 3 Questions that our Men’s Breakfast speakers are asked to answer.

February 25 , 2017 – Jon Elliot

Jon Elliot – Watch his presentation

Jon Elliott grew up in Jackson, a blue collar town in Southeastern Ohio. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, with a BS in Engineering. For the next twenty years he was on active duty serving aboard a destroyer, a naval shipyard, in Vietnam, in the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea and in Washington. He retired from active duty in 1981. Jon served as business administrator at Central for four years before retiring in 2000 and has since published three books. He has three grandsons, three sons and has been married to Barbara for 56 years.

November 12, 2016 – Ray Holdren

Ray Holdren

Ray is on Central’s staff as Adjunct Minister of Pastoral Counseling. An honors graduate of the University of Charleston in West Virginia, he earned his M.Div. and D. Min. degrees from Lexington Theological Seminary. Ray carries a major responsibility in our marriage ministry. He is a certified trainer of the Prepare/Enrich inventory, which is used throughout premarital sessions with couples. Other certifications include group psychotherapy, marriage counseling, Master in neurolinguistic programming, Chaplain Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and Fellow in the Association of Professional Chaplains.

“My marriage to my wife Donna ended with her death after a seventeen year bout with hairy-cell leukemia,” shares Ray. “Our son, Michael, is a teacher at Tate’s Creek High School. Michael and his wife, Brenda, have made me a proud ‘Papa’ with my grandchildren. I have a great love for people. I enjoy family, social gatherings, music, singing, laughter, reading, the performing arts, fishing, an occasional rock climb, running, pecan pie, rum cake and the ocean.”

October 8, 2016 – Josh Santana      Watch his presentation

Josh Santana is engaged in the solo practice of law in Lexington, Kentucky under the name Santana Law Office, PSC.

He is in Central’s choir, is a trustee of Central Christian Church, and recently chaired the Central Planning Committee.

He is a 1970 graduate of Transylvania University and a 1976 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law.  In the past he has served as General Counsel of the Kentucky Department For Natural Resources and Environmental Protection; General Counsel of Bow Valley Coal Resources, Inc.; General Counsel of Harlan Fuel Company; and Director of Litigation of Central Kentucky Legal Services.  Currently he limits his law practice to the areas of workers compensation, Social Security, and personal injury.

Upon graduating from Transylvania, Mr. Santana was awarded an officers commission in the United States Navy.  He was one of the first officers to graduate from the Navy’s Surface Warfare School and is a retired United States Navy Captain.

He has served as Chair of the Lexington Hispanic Education Association, an advocacy group; and chair of the Central Music Academy, an organization which provides free music lessons to approximately 110 children on free and reduced lunches.

In addition, he sits on the boards of the Gaines Center for the Humanities, the Prichard Committee, the Education Commissioner’s Raising Achievement Closing the Gap Council, and was recently named to Transylvania’s Board of Regents.

His bar memberships include the Kentucky Bar Association, the Fayette County Bar Association, and the National Bar Association.  In addition, He is a Master of the Bench in the Central Kentucky chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Mr. Santana is licensed to practice before all of the state and federal courts of Kentucky.

He is married to the former Laura McCullough.

September 10, 2016 – Dr. Albert Pennybacker    Watch his presentation

Dr. Pennybacker , a native of Chattanooga, TN, was ordained in 1954 in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1953), Yale (M.Div., 1956) and Bethany College (honorary doctor of divinity, 1965).  For 35 years, he served as senior minister to congregations in Taftville, Conn.; Youngstown and Shaker Heights, Ohio, and in Fort Worth, Texas. During his 16 years leading Fort Worth’s University Christian Church, the congregation – with more than 4,000 members – was the Disciples’ numerically largest.  Active in denominational leadership, he was first vice moderator of the 1969 Disciples General Assembly, taught homiletics and ecumenical studies at Lexington Theological Seminary, chaired the United Christian Missionary Society’s board and served the Division of Overseas Ministry, Council on Church Unity and other governing bodies.  At the same time, he was never far from community leadership or from ecumenical service. He was an organizer and leader of the Norwich (Conn.) Area Council of Churches, chair of the Metropolitan Affairs Division of the Greater Cleveland Church Council during the Civil Rights Movement era, executive committee organizer of the Black Jail Chaplaincy Program in Tarrant County, Texas, and an active member of Clergy and Laymen Concerned.  As seasoned in global ecumenism as in its local expressions, Dr. Pennybacker was a steward for the Disciples delegation to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Evanston, Ill., a delegate to subsequent WCC assemblies in New Delhi and Uppsala, and an invited guest to Canberra, and has served the WCC Executive Committee as a pastoral consultant. He also has participated in several WCC study groups and conferences.  On the “academic” side, he has served as a fellow and visiting professor at Yale Divinity School, trustee and lecturer at Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School, trustee of the Disciples Divinity House at the University of Chicago and as a Chautauqua Institution chaplain.  Before retiring in 1999, he also served on staff of the National Council of Churches in New York in the areas of Development and Public Policy.

May 14, 2016 – Dr. Everett McCorvey.  Watch his presentation.

April 9, 2016 – David Lollis.  Watch his presentation.

David is the past President of the Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises (FAHE) whose primary mission is to promote individual and community development in rural central Appalachia. He has worked for over 40 years in both the public and private sectors. His federal government experience includes positions in the Commerce Department’s Office of Business Economics; in the Labor Department’s Employment and Training Administration; and in the Office of Economic Opportunity/Community Services Administration.  At the state government level, he served in the Kentucky Governor’s Office, the Office of Policy and Management, and the Office of the Secretary of the Department for Human Resources.  Under the auspices of the Christian Church, he served as Director of their Mt. Beulah Center in Edwards, Mississippi doing civil rights work. In retirement, he continues to serve on national, regional and local boards, and serves as a consultant on various projects.  During the three summer months, he and his wife serve as the Host of Disciples House at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York.

March 12, 2016 – Dr. Guy Waldrop.  Watch his presentation.

February 13, 2016 – Rev. Bill Curwood.  Watch his presentation.

January 16, 2016 – Rev. Hank Sneed.  Watch and hear his powerful and meaningful presentation.

November 21, 2015 – Rev. Greg Alexander, the Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.

October 10, 2015 – Warren Featherston.  Watch and hear his powerful and meaningful presentation.

September 12, 2015 – Dr. Wayne Bell