Chris was born into Grace Church (Pastor John did his baby dedication!) but spent his young adolescence in Arlington, Texas, before returning to the Valley. He studied Physiological Sciences at UCLA, then at the Italian Evangelical Bible Institute in Rome, Italy, where he met his Italian wife Erma. He served for seven years as a church planter in Italy and the Republic of San Marino before coming to The Master’s Seminary to receive his M.Div. and Th.M. He is currently a Ph.D. student at TMS as well as a Faculty Associate. He shepherds a Bible Study in the GraceLife fellowship group and is active in music ministry for the church. Chris and Erma have three boys.