Cairn University had the privilege of hosting Dr. Christopher Yuan on September 19 and 20, 2019, in Chatlos Chapel. In his seminar on Thursday night, chapel on Friday morning, and a student event on Friday evening, Dr. Yuan articulated a biblical view of sexuality through the narrative of his personal transformation from an agnostic gay man to a Bible professor.
Dr. Yuan grew up in a traditional upper-class family, with parents who migrated from China to the U.S and lived in Chicago most of their lives. At the age of 20, he revealed his homosexuality to his parents while attending dental school in Louisville, Kentucky. During his time at school, he gradually became more involved with a new lifestyle. After a period of time, he started traveling the world while consuming and selling drugs, causing him to skip classes and be expelled from school.
He embarked on his spiritual journey after his arrest and imprisonment of drug possession. While in prison, he discovered a Gideon New Testament and read the book of Mark. After studying the scriptures and reflecting on his promiscuous lifestyle, he dedicated his life to Christ. “My sexuality does not have to be the core of who I am,” declared Dr. Yuan in his chapel session. “My identity is in Christ alone.”
Dr. Yuan regularly speaks at conferences, college campuses, and churches and is the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless and co-author with Angela Yuan (his mother) of Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search. His latest book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel, was published in 2018.