About Chris

Chris is a great picture of what God can do with “the least of these.”  He grew up in a rough family environment as the oldest of seven children.  His parents unfortunately struggled with addiction which led to a lot of challenges including poverty and constant relocation resulting in always being the “new kid” in every school.  He heard through his younger years that “Christians are unenlightened idiots who don’t know their own scriptures.” Despite this he went to church through some of his high school years due to a young lady he was dating, though he didn’t come to follow Jesus through that season.  He joined the U.S. Army while in High school and eventually returned home to serve with the Arkansas Army National Guard as well.  It was during this time that he began his college career at Arkansas State University, eventually transferring to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  It is here that he met students from a mission training organization who began building a relationship with him which led to him coming to meet Jesus.  His salvation and call to ministry both happened within 24 hours of one another.   He immediately left his studies in pre-law to pursue a life of ministry.

Chris has served in a variety of ministry and business roles since coming to Christ in November of 2000.  He served with the organization Youth With A Mission (YWAM) when first coming to Christ. Later, he was faculty and administration at a conservative Christian school named Ecclesia College. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees while serving there. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Governance for EC.   In 2005, he married a Kansas farm girl, Shawnee.  He sometimes jokes that he could have married someone from the Middle-east and understood that culture better than farm culture.  In 2006 he moved into local church ministry becoming the Associate Pastor of Young Adults at Elmdale Baptist Church where he was ordained for ministry.  During his time there he also started CK Art & Design as well as Community Auto Mart.  Both businesses not only helped to support he and his wife in ministry (along with her career in banking) but also served as avenues by which to share the Gospel in the business community.  In 2009 Chris became the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) Campus Minister at the Northwest Arkansas Community College. In 2012 he was the Executive Pastor of a church plant, now established church, Metro Church.

In 2012, he began serving more directly with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) as the Community College and Media Mobilization Strategist. During this time he helped launch the Lead>Defend Conference which has now grown to over 2000 annual participants.  In 2017, he moved to serve full-time with the ABSC as the Assistant Team Leader for what was then called the College + Young Leaders Team.  He also was given responsibilities with collegiate missions mobilization and apologetics for the convention.  

In December 2023 he finished his full-time service with the convention and now travels throughout the United States and abroad speaking at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences.  He also continues to lead groups to various countries around the world to engage cultures with the Gospel.

He, his wife and son, Hudson, are members of First Baptist Church Rogers where they are active in many areas of ministry including leading their Collective College + Young Pro ministry.

Equip2Enage is a new ministry branding that we are launching this year as an umbrella under which we partner with other ministries and speakers.  There will be more to come about this ministry in the coming months!

Achievements

Lead>Defend Conference

Assisted the staff of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in starting this conference that in 2023 had 2000+ participants

Chris was responsible for the design and implementation of all marketing materials/strategies as well as steering the content of the conference. He also led breakout sessions for many of the years he was on staff.

Church Planting

Served on church plant staff as well as training planters in many areas

Chris continues to serve in church planter coaching and offering training to several church-based residency programs

Collegiate Ministry

Served in both church-based and campus-based ministry as well as state convention level leadership of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Chris has helped numerous churches start their own college and young pro ministries over the years.

Missions

Lead 50+ overseas and stateside trips with all ages

Chris has been to dozens of countries and cultures leading teams to engage them with the Gospel. He also offers training in cross-cultural evangelism.

Experience

Apologetics & Collegiate Missions

Arkansas Baptist State Conv. - Jun 2021 - Dec 2023

Training and equipping Arkansas Baptists in apologetics as well as mobilizing collegians to the mission field.

College + Young Leaders Assistant Team Leader

Arkansas Baptist State Conv. - Jul 2017 - Jun 2021

Served at the Associate State Director the the Baptist College Ministry helping to over see campus ministers on 30+ campuses across the state of Arkansas

Community College Consultant & Media Mobilization

Arkansas Baptist State Conv. - Sep 2012 - Jul 2017

Helped to oversee collegiate ministers on 20+ campuses as well as designing media and social media strategies for the College+Young Leaders Team

Owner/Operator

Community Auto Mart - Jan 2010 - Jul 2017

A mid-sized auto dealership located in Springdale Arkansas. Chris also used this business as a platform to speak into the local business community as well as a way to serve local church staff and missionaries in acquiring vehicles.

Executive Pastor

Metro Church- Aug 2011 - Aug 2012

Served as an executive pastor at this church plant and saw it grow from 34 people in the first worship service to 165 in his last service on-staff with systems in place that kept it growing to over 250 people.

Associate Pastor of Young Adults

Elmdale Baptist Church - Jan 2006 - Aug 2011

Started young adult/college ministry at Elmdale Baptist and saw it grow to be one of the largest young-adult-baptizing ministries in the state of Arkansas for the last two years of his time there.

Department Head/Faculty

Ecclesia College - Jan 2001 - Aug 2009

Starting as a student then transitioning to full-time staff, Chris served in numerous roles at the college including Director of AMO (Admissions/Mobllization/Outreach) as well at teaching Intro. to Christian Theology, Apologetics, Communications and Technology classes