Chris serves as our Pastor to Youth and Families. Before joining our staff in 2020, Chris served as a leader in the Youth Ministry and as a member of our Elder Team. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior at a tent revival in Quincy, Florida at the age of 10. As a teenager and young man, Chris walked away from the Lord and experienced a season of waywardness and drug abuse. But the Lord showed His loving-kindness to Chris and brought him back to Himself, and now Chris ministers to others out of the abundant grace that Christ has shown to him. Chris has a heart for the next generation of God’s people, as evidenced by his passion to serve in the Youth Ministry, as well as his commitment to help the families of our church and our community grow in their relationship with the Lord Jesus and with each other. Before coming to Eastside, Chris served as a Youth Pastor and a Senior Pastor in other ministries in the Jacksonville area. A lifelong Floridian, he is married to Bonnie and they have 2 adult daughters and several grandchildren.