Worship and Technology Team Leader
While serving in the Marines he accepted Christ into his heart and dedicated his life to Him. He and his wife Laurie, met at a church in Georgia where he was the worship minister. Together they have three great children: Rebeka (age 19), Elijah (age 17), and Ceana (age 5). If you ask Chris what guiding scripture he tries to live by it would be Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Chris studied church music and voice at Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary now Cincinnati Christian University where he graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors of Music. In 2001,he was accepted as a graduate student in vocal performance at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 2001 where he graduated in 2003 with a masters of music. From there he accepted a position as Professor of Worship at Manhattan Christian College building a very successful worship program that still goes on today. While teaching, he enrolled at the University of Kansas part-time in the doctoral program later going to KU full time to finish his degree. Go Jayhawks!
Chris took the long way around to getting his doctorate by first taking a worship position at a church in Georgia, as mentioned before, where he met Laurie, and enrolled at the University of Georgia for a year in their doctoral program. Missing KU he returned and finished his doctorial program in 2010. Returning to Cincinnati shortly after graduation in 2010 to take care of his elderly father, Chris worked for Spectrum as a cable technician and part-time as a worship minister in several churches around Cincinnati. Chris has a background in performance having performed on a number of stages and in various genres. Singing in opera lead roles and chorus, oratorio, classical recitals, and concerts. He specializes in the Negro Spirituals and the gospel songs of Larnelle Harris who was the subject of his doctoral dissertation. Chris says, “I often pray that the Lord helps me to keep my focus on Him (the Problem Solver) and to not give power to the problem. Each day this world’s need for Jesus becomes more apparent to me. The walls that Christ broke down through His once and for all time sacrifice, the enemy is incessantly trying to build back up. I believe in the work God is doing here at Westwood United Methodist Church and I am grateful that He has placed me here with you at this time to do His will.”