The Lord calls some men to serve in ministry early in life. For others, like Kris, the journey took more time. During a robust financial career, he felt the distinct calling from the Lord to serve Him vocationally in ministry. After much prayer, study, and pastoral guidance, Kris and his wife Dawn moved their family in 2017 from their home of 20 years in Ontario, Canada to Louisville, Kentucky, to pursue the Master of Divinity degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Beyond being a husband and father, Kris knows there is no higher calling and no greater responsibility than to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry.
While living in Louisville, they attended Clifton Baptist Church, where Kris participated in an exhaustive pastoral internship. The internship strengthened the Lord’s calling in his life through direct oversight and affirmative feedback from Clifton’s elders. At the beginning of 2021, Kris and his family returned to Canada, where Kris served for two years as Executive Pastor at West Highland Church before accepting the call to be the senior pastor at Church of the Canyons.
Kris and his wife, Dawn, celebrated 30 years of marriage in December 2022. Dawn is an Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) certified biblical counselor, having poured many hours into studying the Bible and counseling women. Kris and Dawn have four children who love the Lord Jesus Christ. Their eldest, Kristian, is an associate pastor in Canada, married with two children. Their next two eldest, Jonathan and Julia, are married and live with their spouses in the United States, working in various industries and serving the Lord through their local churches in Louisville, Kentucky, and Mount Vernon in Atlanta, Georgia. Their youngest, Olivia, is homeschooled.