“I love Gary Church’s mission focus and that there is a strong love for God and all of God’s children. Our church is a congregation that meets people wherever they are on their journey.”
As a servant leader, Pastor Chris leads the Gary Church community in fulfilling its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Prior to coming to Gary Church in 2016, he served as the Conference Director for the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church and as pastor of congregations in Chicago, Aurora, and Roselle, Illinois. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL) and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary (New Jersey). Chris has received various awards for child advocacy, peace with justice, for the pursuit of inclusion and justice, and more. Married to Sandra with two adult children Cassie and Jared, Chris is an avid reader, a film buff, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends over a meal or strong cup of coffee.