Annual Meeting Program

The 67th Annual Meeting Program (2015)

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2015 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA

Marriage and the Family

Plenary Speakers

Wesley Hill, Trinity School for Ministry
Washed and Still Waiting: Homosexuality in Evangelical Perspective

Wesley Hill (BA, Wheaton College; MA, PhD, Durham University, UK) is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, 2010), Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, forthcoming April 2015). He is on the editorial board of and is a frequent contributor to Christianity Today. He has also written for the Journal of Theological Interpretation, the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Books & Culture, and First Things and has spoken to audiences at multiple seminaries and Christian universities, including Baylor University, Biola University, Calvin College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Wheaton College.

Myrto Theocharous , Greek Bible College in Athens, Greece
Becoming a Refuge: Sex Trafficking and the People of God

Myrto Theocharous (Ph.D. University of Cambridge) is a lecturer of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Greek Bible College in Athens, Greece. She is the author of Lexical Dependence and Intertextual Allusion in the Septuagint of the Twelve Prophets: Studies in Hosea, Amos and Micah (LHBOTS 570; New York: T & T Clark, 2012).

Myrto has been active in anti-trafficking street work for many years and her current research interests include the relationship between the Old Testament, theology and modern-day slavery.

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Virginia Commonwealth University
Forgiveness in Marriage

Power Point slides from Dr. Worthington's plenary address on 11/19/2015

Everett Worthington, Ph.D., is Commonwealth Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU; the largest state university in Virginia). He is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published 35 books and about 400 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, marriage, and family topics. He is regularly in media. He is a Past-President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 36 (Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality), and a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and two divisions of the APA. He won VCU’s annual top award for teaching, research, and service—VCU’s Award for Excellence—in 2009 and several organizations’ top awards. He was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Pepperdine University in 2014.

He became interested in forgiveness through his practice in couple counseling, and he began conducting research on forgiveness in 1990 but writing about its clinical uses in the 1980s. In the last 30 years, he has studied forgiveness, justice, faith, and a variety of virtues under the general rubric of positive psychology. He became interested in their relationship after his mother’s murder and brother’s subsequent suicide. Get free resources on promoting forgiveness at .

He has studied a variety of topics relevant to positive psychology, the branch of psychology dealing with virtue for self and other. These include forgiveness, altruism, love, humility, mercy, marriage enrichment, and religion and spirituality. He attributes much of his success to the many wonderful students and colleagues he has had the privilege of working with.

John Trent, Moody Theological Seminary
Revolutionary Marriage: The revolution needed to champion an Evangelical theology of marriage as we face The Law of Graduality

Dr. John serves as the Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family Ministry and Therapy at Moody Theological Seminary. This is Moody’s first endowed chair in their 129 year history. Dr. Trent also serves as the President and Founder of and The Center for StrongFamilies. Dr. Trent’s main focus is on teaching graduate students in marriage and family at Moody Theological Seminary. He is also does counseling, training, writing, and speaking at numerous events. In addition to being a nationally known marriage and family speaker and author, Dr. Trent regularly speaks at conferences and keynote events for corporate America and for several branches of our military across the country and world.