Aletheia Speaker Series
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School is proud to announce the launch of the annual Aletheia Speaker Series. Throughout the year we will invite speakers to address thought provoking topics that align with our educational objective of encouraging moral character, civic virtue and the discovery of eternal truths. We seek to not only educate our students through content rich classical liberal arts and sciences curriculum, but also to feed the intellectual curiosity of the Beaufort community at large.
Rev. Murray is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and retired early from the Charleston Naval Shipyard due to base closure. He is a graduate of Trident Technical College, Baptist College of Charleston, Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary, Webster University, and Erskine Theological Seminary. His Doctoral Dissertation is titled “A Biblical and Theological Approach for Evangelism Through the Fostering of Relationships”. Rev. Murray is licensed in the state of South Carolina as a Professional Counselor and is also a Certified Grief Facilitator.
Currently, Rev. Murray serves as Pastor of the Historic Brick Baptist Church, St. Helena Island, South Carolina. He is President of the Beaufort County Ministerial Alliance, Professor of Practical Theology at Cummins Memorial Theological Seminary, and a life member of the NAACP.
Rev. Murray and his wife Vernell, a retired Registered Nurse, have been married for 46 years and have one daughter Erica, and two grandsons, Kai’shon Abraham and KaDeem Armard. He is a family man who treasures the time spent in the company of his wife, daughter, and grandchildren.
The lecture will be hosted in the Great Hall at HTCCS 302 Burroughs Avenue from 11 am-12 pm. The cost is $10 per person. To register, please use the button link below. Note, this event is free for our Holy Trinity students and faculty.
Past Lectures (2023)
Since its beginning as a “praise house” during the Civil War, First African Baptist Church has been a pillar of faith and strength in the Beaufort community. Pastor Alex McBride will speak about the history of First African Baptist and the significant role it has played in spreading “the freedom of the Lord.”
In November we will offer a series of three evenings presented by Rev. Joe Lawrence.
“Telling Tales: the Mythic Imagination of Tolkien and Lewis”
In the modern West we have progressed technologically far beyond anything imaginable to the ancient world. But are we better storytellers? Or has the West, despite its staggering technological proficiency, lost the plot? Perhaps we’ve traded wisdom for knowledge, and then knowledge for information, as T.S. Eliot laments. The ancient world could really tell tales, on the other hand. And it's tales body forth the deeper truths of human life in a world made by divine power and threatened by evil. Fortunately, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were steeped in the old stories and summoned a few new tales of their own that have some of the luster and power of the old.
Over three evenings we will investigate these modern storytellers and the deeper truths embedded in their beloved stories.
Born in Greenwood Mississippi in 1958, Pastor Alex McBride was raised in a single parent home by his mother, Dollie L. McBride. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1975 and became one of the first integrated blacks to be on President Carter’s Presidential Guards and first Black Sergeants Major to serve aboard the Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, The U.S.S. Harry S. Truman and chosen as the second Black Sergeants Major of the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station. He participated in several wars across three timelines: The final months of the evacuation of Cambodia, Operation Kuwaiti Freedom, and the Gulf War. An honor graduate across three schools: Bachelor of Science in Management from Wayland Baptist University, Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from Boston University, and a Master of Science in Theology from Liberty University. After 33-years tenure in ministry he now gratefully has his heart’s wish fulfilled as the full time senior Pastor of The Prestigious First African Baptist Church where his motto of teaching is, “Above All Else, Sound Doctrine…”
The Rev. Joe Lawrence graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy. He also graduated from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA with a Masters of Divinity. He is now the Interim Headmaster of Holy Trinity Classical Christian School and Chair of the Humanities Department.