Chris is the Minister of Mission and Outreach at Second Baptist Church. He moved to Little Rock to join the 2BC staff on July 1, 2006. His wife's name is Elizabeth and she's a Family Nurse Practitioner. They have two sons, Silas and Micah, who keep them extremely busy.
Chris is a beach bum from Florida who's landlocked in Arkansas, though he's fallen in love with Natural State. After receiving a B.S. in Biblical Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic College he went to Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas, where he received his Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Global Mission.
Chris loves to be outdoors as much as possible. He loves to camp, hike, run, and almost anything else that gets him outside. He's an ideal REI (www.rei.com) and Ozark Outdoor poster child (www.ozarkoutdoor.com). Even more than the outdoor stuff, Chris loves to travel (as much as he can, as far away as he can). Two of his favorite places in the world are the Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech, Morocco and England's Lake District.
On a less exotic note, Chris loves to read. Some of his favorite authors include Brian Mclaren, J.R.R. Tolkien, Wendell Berry, N.T. Wright and Darrell Guder. He also loves good conversation about theology, mission, and current events. He's passionate about seeing the Church become a missional community and impacting global issues such as peace, injustice, poverty, and oppression and seeing the gospel take shape and form in places where it has not.
You can follow Chris on Twitter @chrisellis79.