Though he was born and raised in Rochester NY, Chris is a third-culture child, a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland. In addition to voice and guitar, he is also plays French Horn and Saxophone. His wife Liz is also a musician, and they have been married since 2004. They have two kids, a daughter named Aurora (Rori) and a son named Caedmon (CJ).
He graduated with a self-designed B.A. in Music in Christianity from the University of Rochester, studying and writing on the interactions between music and the Christian faith in the postmodern paradigm. He received his M.A. from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2008 in Intercultural Studies, an Anthropology and Sociology degree that specializes in Christian Missions. He’s been a missionary in Australia, India, Mexico, and Haiti, and has served as a worship pastor previously in Mitchell SD. His passion is to see worship become a missional endeavor, that the Church understand their faith in the broader context of the imitation of God and participation in the Kingdom of Heaven, rather than as an event on Sunday mornings. He hopes one day to do a PhD in Anthropology, studying how our worship practices ought to be understood in relationship to the changing cultural landscape of the Western world.
Chris is also a photographer, and enjoys days out with his family and camera. He loves to read, to scuba dive, and to kayak. It’s hard for him to say no to a Hawaiian pizza, and has been known to frequent coffee shops for a caramel latte or an iced Chai.