Father Chris was born in Michigan and raised in the Upper Peninsula until moving to Florida with his family in 1993. He graduated cum laude from Crestview High School (Crestview, FL) in 2000, where he also excelled in vocal performance. As a teen, Father Chris was an active volunteer at his local parish (Our Lady of Victory) where he served as a elector, extraordinary minister of holy communion, altar server, and choir leader.
Father Chris went on to attend Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana where he graduated cum laude in 2003 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He also took a full-time class load during collegiate summers at Florida State University in his home diocese.
While Father Chris would begin graduate studies in 2003, it would not be until 2010 that he would complete these studies and graduate from St. Vincent DePaul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. In 2004, he left the seminary to assist his ailing mother and worked briefly as a legal and escrow title agent at the law firm of Welton & Williamson in Crestview, Florida. Father Chris went on to work as Sales Floor Team Leader for Target in Everett, Washington before returning to the seminary in 2006.
Father Chris was ordained a priest on June 5, 2010 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee by Bishop John H. Ricard, SSJ. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the Parochial Vicar (Assistant Pastor) at the Co-Cathedral and as the Executive Director of the Catholic Student Union at Florida State University.
In 2012, Father Chris was sent to Pensacola, Florida to serve as the Parochial Vicar at Nativity of Our Lord Parish and as the Director of Campus Ministry at the University of West Florida. He also was elected to the Presbyteral (Priest) Council (2012-2016) and the Priest Pension Board of Trustees (2013 – Current) for his Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.