Chris has a diverse background of ministry and corporate experience, including senior executive roles at Arthur Andersen & Co., Contel Corporation, GTE, and Southern Electric International. Until 2016, he served as senior pastor at the 1,500-member Oak Hill Baptist Church in Griffin, Georgia, and prior to that as executive pastor at First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia, where he was instrumental in leading the church’s growth from 90 people at its inception in 1996 to over 4,200 members.
Chris holds a Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Emmanuel Theological Seminary in Kota, India, a Masters of Arts in Theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia. Chris is a frequent speaker to business groups and consultant concerning strategy and organizational vision. He and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 38 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.