Chris began following Jesus while a student at Georgia Tech in 1990, and his formative early years of discipleship came within the context of the Vineyard (Augusta, GA). He became listless in his studies, and after transferring to his hometown college and second largest university in the nation (The Ohio State University), one day picked up the academic catalog, reviewed every page, and realized that nothing within stirred his heart to action. Shortly thereafter, he and his best friend (who came to know the Lord during the same time as Chris and who has since planted a second Vineyard in Augusta) transferred to Columbia Bible College & Seminary in Columbia, SC. There, Chris received training in Bible, youth and church ministry, culminating with a master’s degree in intercultural studies. More importantly, he continued to make the progressive decisions required to surrender his life to the expanding leadership of Jesus.
In February 1996, Chris was given God’s passion for the church, in all her biblical and cultural expressions, to become all she is designed to be. Chris thought this meant he would be quickly going into vocational church ministry like all his peers from Bible college, but God had other plans. After an extended period of breaking, character formation, and preparation – laboring for ten years in higher ed administration (in the admissions, academic dean’s, registrar and institutional effectiveness offices of Columbia International University and The Art Institute of California – San Diego); launching, alongside his wife, Paige (B.S. Music, B.A. Music Education, University of South Carolina; M.Ed Educational Administration, Columbia International University), the Midlands Home School Band, a non-profit, culturally-relevant and Christ-focused music education program serving home school families in South Carolina; providing church and para-church lay leadership in worship leading and ministry team development, children’s worship, student foreign missions mobilization, regional missions conference organization, Bible teaching, youth ministry, young adult ministry, servant evangelism, cross-cultural ministry, and non-profit strategic organizational planning; and finally, serving as a Starbucks barista – Chris received the call in 2009 to serve the church with a shepherd’s heart in full-time ministry through his primary gifts of administration and encouragement. While it was at times a long and hard road, Chris is now grateful for the process the Lord brought him through and excited for the new venture He has initiated in Chris and his wife, Paige, in bringing them to serve alongside the Westside Vineyard.
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