This is my personal blog, where I randomly write on the four things that matter a great deal to me: wisdom, leadership, family (including marriage and parenting), and church administration/strategies. Although, I won’t generally say anything to embarrass the organizations and people I’m affiliated with, these are my personal thoughts and opinions.
My mission is to provide you with a few aha moments, inspire you, provide you with practical life wisdom (rooted in scripture – but very practical), and have you smile along the way (I acknowledge up front that my humor can be corny! You’ve been warned!!!!). To get this via email, subscribe here.
I have worked in ministry, education, and leadership all of my professional career – now 20+ years in ministry, 15+ years in leadership, and 6 years in education.
I’ve worked to become known as a skilled and proficient administrator, strategist, organizational innovator, and communicator – big words for a person who can move organizations efficiently. I currently serve as the Executive Pastor at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida where Pastor Tommy “Urban D” Kyllonen is the Lead Pastor. Previously, I served as the Chief of Staff and Director of Ministry Operations and also as a member of the pastoral and teaching teams at the historic mega-church Fellowship Church of Chicago, where innovator, songwriter, and communicator, Charles Jenkins, is the Senior Pastor. I also serve as the International Youth leader for the multi-national ministry reformation known as Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (over 300 churches across the world), where Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III is the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Paul S. Morton is the Founder (amazing leader of integrity!). I now have the privilege to serve as Director of Administration and Vision Implementation. I’m a proud (VERY proud) alumnus of The Florida State University, University of South Carolina and Princeton Theological Seminary and have served as a member of a number of national Boards and community groups. I also completed Doctoral coursework at Nova Southeastern University. I haven’t finished the dissertation phase yet, so pray for me! Prior to moving back to Florida, I served in ministries in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Illinois. I have also had the privilege to serve students directly as a educational administrator at multiple secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. I love writing, consulting, and speaking (you can find evidence of some of my work on national platforms on video, in print, on many social media sites, nationally recognized blogs, and in corporate structures.) I proudly claim my hometown of Palatka, Florida. My wife (who has an earned Doctorate) and I share in this life work and purpose to Inspire Wisdom. God has blessed us with four amazingly gifted children.
Almost a decade ago, I founded Inspired Ideas Group, which is a partnership of trainers and consultants that seek to engage people in living inspired lives through training, consulting, and hands-on development. I also organized The Hub of Inspiration, an online one-stop web-based service provider for ministry, education, and not-for-profit leaders, which also offers Inspiring products and merchandise, but also positions individuals with the opportunity to walk wisely in God’s assignment for their life.
I am honored to have received over 400 awards, honors, and special recognition for my contributions to community, ministry, and people. I’m even more honored at the testimonies of how an article, speech, training, or interaction inspired someone in a way that otherwise they were not. I currently am a member of The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tampa Class of 2019. It’s a huge honor to be apart of this incredible group of people!
In my free time, I enjoy doing nothing! I try to treat my free time as exactly that – free time. Plus, I’ve got a wife who loves to laugh, so she helps me in a great way with that.
And I guess, I’m one of those strange folks who really do prefer Christopher over Chris.
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