My name is Chris. I am a husband, father, pastor, National Guardsman, baseball fan, on-again/off-again runner, and political junkie.
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I was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and I lived in the Philadelphia area for my first 32 years. The lifestyle and culture of Philadelphia – from its in-your-face down-to-earth nature, to its sandwich culture and its reputation for rowdy sports fans – has left an indelible imprint on me.
I was ordained in December 2008 and served as an Associate Pastor at an inside-the-beltway congregation for 2.5 years (where I learned, among other things, that people and places inside the beltway can be quite amazing and caring, despite what the media, politicians, and careless popular sentiment tells you.)
In August 2011 my family moved to Minnesota for my wife’s job, and I served a wonderful congregation in the Saint Paul area. After two great years in Minnesota, we moved (once again for my wife’s work) to Central Indiana.
After nearly a year in Indiana I joined the Indiana Army National Guard, and started serving a congregation – all within weeks of each other.
Prior to ordination, I held a number of other church-related positions, including hospital chaplain, youth director, seminary development officer, and church publishing house traveling salesman. I also taught high school Spanish for one year.