Kris grew up in Sedalia, MO attending Broadway Presbyterian Church with his grandparents, whose families both helped to found Presbyterian churches in central Missouri. He first experienced God’s call to ordained ministry the summer before his freshman year of high school during a Montreat Youth Conference in Montreat, NC. Two years later, Kris was ordained as a Deacon at Broadway Presbyterian Church during his junior year of high school.
As many young adults do, Kris struggled the first couple of years in college. He wrestled between his passion for politics and his call to ordained ministry. During his undergraduate years, Kris served as a volunteer youth leader, worked on the summer staff at Montreat Conference Center, directed the Program Staff at Mound Ridge Presbyterian Camp for two summers, served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Broadway Presbyterian Church in Sedalia, MO, and served as pulpit supply for several churches in mid-Missouri enjoying his love of preaching the gospel.
Kris graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Speech Communication and minor in Political Science from the University of Central Missouri where he was honored as the 2006 Speech Communication Scholar of the Year. He went on to do his graduate work in an ecumenical setting at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Eden is a seminary of the United Church of Christ, a sister denomination with which the PC(USA) is in full communion. Kris received his Master of Divinity in May of 2010 where he was awarded for outstanding scholarship and academic achievement. While doing full-time graduate work, Kris also served full-time on the staff at First United Presbyterian Church of Belleville, IL as the Director of Youth Ministries. First United is a church in an area known as the St. Louis Metro East.
Kris began his pastoral ministry at Christ Presbyterian Church in Toledo, OH in October of 2010. He serves as the Associate Pastor with primary responsibilities for program administration in the areas of Youth Ministry and Adult Christian Discipleship. While serving in Toledo, Kris met and married Abby, who he admits is his better 3/4ths. While serving in Toledo, Kris has completed two Graduate Certificate programs specializing in Executive Leadership and Engaged Compassion. He is preparing to begin Doctoral work within the next year.
Kris is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse from when he was a youth, and now a strong advocate for creating safe and sacred space within the PC(USA). In fact, his story as a survivor created positive changes at the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA) recently held in Portland, OR. His advocacy and partnership with Gradye Parsons, the recently retired Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), helped the General Assembly to create and adopt national level policies for the protection of children and youth. Kris is committed to being engaged in the work of the larger church to create a church where children, youth, and vulnerable adults are safe.
Kris and Abby have one son named, Alexander, and one mischievous dog named, Cooper. They look forward to joining the life of the Presbyterian Church of Deep Run, are encouraged by the ministry the church is already engaged in, and are excited about opportunities to reach out to other young families.