Who is Chris?

My name is Chris. I am a husband, father, pastor, National Guardsman, baseball fan, on-again/off-again runner, and political junkie.

More details than necessary:

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.

One Response to Who is Chris?

  1. Ruth Boettcher says:

    Chris, a few years ago on your blog you wrote about Advent and the prayers beginning with “stir up.” At the Saturday evening service at which we have fewer than 20 people prior to the Sunday of our Christmas program, I’m going to do a “Stir Up” service based on Old Testament verses. I’ll adapt what comes from this site:
    http://www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk/worship-resources/item/download/1358‎
    “ADVENT: Stir-up Sunday. The service incorporating ‘The 19th Century Old Testament Cake Recipe…” I thought that a fun way to wind to an end the OT part of the Narrative Lectionary (how I “know” you). I’ll make some adjustments to the NL schedule with Isaiah and then John’s prologue.

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