Chris Wheeler passionately communicates the truths of God’s kingdom in fresh, simple, and unforgettable ways.
Wheeler, as his friends call him, has a personal life message of grace inspired by his own journey through the spiritual bondage of legalism. Though his relationship with Jesus began when he was 5 years old, Chris often felt like God was disappointed in his spiritual performance. Through his relationship with his wife Lindsey, the encouragement of his friends, and God’s relentless pursuit of him, Wheeler’s eyes were opened to the inexhaustible reality of relational Grace. Today, he wants people to know just how much God loves them and desires a relationship with them. With energy, emotion, and deep conviction, Wheeler challenges people to become who God made them to be by putting their faith in action.
Chris married his best friend, Lindsey, in February of 2004. Their daughter Eliana was born in Guatemala and is equal parts glitter and magic. Chris’ favorite quote is by missionary martyr Jim Elliot, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
Chris was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Bible and a minor in family psychology. He started his career in ministry as Student Minister at Cleburne Bible Church in Cleburne, TX followed by six years as Programs Director for Student Ministries at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN. Chris spent six years as the director of Student Initiatives at Show Hope, a non-profit organization that provides financial aid for families in the adoption process, where he created avenues to engage students in the global orphan crisis. Following Show Hope, Chris served for three years as Community Pastor at Church of the City in Franklin, TN.
Chris’ speaking portfolio includes Girls of Grace Conferences, the Brio Conference, Pine Cove Christian Camps, Kanakuk Kamps, Deer Run, Soul Stock, K-Love Cruises, Jesus Freak Cruises, and the Property Brothers Cruise. As an emcee, Chris has hosted countless events ranging from casino night fundraisers and spelling bees to galas and corporate events. Chris has also led multiple missions trips to Peru, Guatemala, Haiti, and China.
Chris lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Lindsey and their daughter Eliana.