Chris has been at Tyner UMC since 2009 as the Director of Music. Although he came to Tyner by way of a staff position, Tyner is home for Chris. In addition to directing the choir and the handbell ensemble, Chris coordinates the weekly worship services. Chris has a passion for worship and teaching Christ’s disciples to better worship God through music and the arts.
Although Chris is a bank manager by day, when he is not planning worship or directing music ensembles, he is probably working in his yard, landscaping, gardening or simply relaxing, enjoying the fruits of his yard-work labors. Chris loves the outdoors, and hikes and camps when time allows.
Chris has played the roles of Edward Rutledge in 1776 and Albert Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie.
Chris is often asked, “what is your favorite hymn?” This is a tough question as there are so many; but one of his favorites is “My Jesus, I Love Thee,” where in the second verse, the hymn writer wrote, “I love Thee because Thou has first loved me, and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree…” Pardons can often be freely given in our society, but Chris knows that it was Christ who paid the price for his pardon.
Raised in Flintstone, Georgia, Chris earned the Master of Music in Church Music degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he concentrated in Voice and Music History/Hymnology. He holds a B.A. in Music from Bryan College, Dayton, TN.