About Chris

Role: Youth Minister, responsible for Pulse.

Background: Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University with a major in Linguistics and a major in History & Philosophy of Science. I have spent about 9 years as a volunteer in youth ministry & youth work and have worked as a Youth Educator for Urban Seed. For two and a half years I was the Eastern Region Youth Facilitator for the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne supporting youth ministers in churches across the city. I have almost received a Diploma of Youth Work from Praxis Victoria.

Family: I am a single guy, I have two brothers who are both married, one with small children. My parents live in Caulfield doing ministry. I live with one house mate in Blackburn. My main community is St Alfred’s.

Passionate about: I’m passionate about youth ministry and youth work. I love music, particularly the genres of Funk, Punk, Old-School Rock and Hip-Hop. I am passionate about loving God and people. I also love weird comedies.

Hobbies: I’m a real nerd. I used to play a lot of computer games but now only play socially. I love to read comics. I’m a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy movies and books. I cycle and long-board. I like to dance. I love an open fire and a cup of tea at the end of a long day. I also love to catch up with friends for coffee and have late-night adventures when I don’t have work on the next day.

Chris’s Story

I have lived in Melbourne my whole life, the first 10 years were in Brunswick. When I was young my father started training to be an Anglican Priest. We moved around a bit as he studied and worked in different parts of Melbourne while my mother worked as a nurse.

For as long as I can remember I have had a deep and personal understanding of who God is and the relationship he wants to have with us.

There have been a number of key moments in my journey, all of which are too long to tell here but feel free to come and ask me if you want to hear a good story!

I see my role at St Alf’s as being about discerning and participating in the work that God wants to do in our neighbourhood. I believe that I’m here to love God and love young people and families. To manage, train and grow a diverse team of volunteers. To build on the fantastic youth ministry which already exists and pay respect to those who have come before me. I am here to work with the community of St Alf’s not create a separate youth ministry ghetto. I want to see the majority of adults in our church actively involved in caring for young people and modelling what it means to have faith in God.