LEADERSHIP AT GRACE CHURCH
Chris grew up with a loving family and in a moral home, but despite his upbringing, he was a sinner in need of grace. In his sophomore year of college, Chris yielded his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2000.
They were founding members of East Valley Bible Church Tempe (now Grace Bible Church in Tempe, AZ). The following year, Chris joined the staff as Worship Leader and had a growing desire to pursue pastoral ministry.
Chris and Tara relocated in 2003-2004 for training at a Pastor’s College and they returned to serve at a fellowship in Gilbert. While ministering there, God further strengthened a desire in Chris’ heart to see another church planted. After years of conversations and prayers, the planting team of Grace Church began to form. Chris, Tara, and their children relocated in May of 2009 to the northwest side of Phoenix in Peoria, AZ. Four months later, Grace Church had its public launch and the church was born.
Chris currently serves as the Lead Pastor for Grace Church and is passionate to see God transform lives through His glorious gospel. He has a B.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University and an M.Div. in Missiology from Southern Seminary. He and Tara now have four children – Taylor, Trevor, Rylee, and Alexie.