Chris is a passionate follower of the person and ways of Jesus. He is the proud father of Sparrow and Eden and husband to the 2nd greatest love of his life, his brilliant and beautiful wife Adrienne. He has a 4-year BA degree in Commerce and Psychology, a Bachelor of Religious Education in Theology with highest honours, and some masters-level courses in finance. He is a graduate of the prestigious Arrow leadership program at the Masters level and was awarded the “Top 35 Christian Leaders Under 35″ in Canada award in 2007.
Chris is currently the lead pastor and teacher at ‘Waterloo Mennonite Brethren’ church, where he gives leadership to a staff of 21 people. Here his teaching ministry takes the form of sharing from his life experience in the business world with the TD bank and the federal government, as well as his counselling experience, theological training, and deep love for Christ. His hands-on ministry experience includes founding a church in Ottawa through an entrepreneurial start that is now flourishing with multiple staff in a city where only 3% of people attend church, being a conference speaker at numerous large-venue events, participating as a member of the Mennonite Brethren Ontario Board, coaching church planters, volunteering in street ministry and campus ministry for several years, leading numerous missions teams, and working as the Young Adults Pastor at a large church (2000 attendees) in Hamilton, Ontario (former church of David Mainse, 100 Huntley Street). He was formerly a licensed minister with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, but has been an ordained minister with the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren since 2005. His strongest gifts are leadership, teaching, and evangelism.
Sarah Whyte is the Pastor of Home Groups at WMB Church. She lives in Waterloo with her husband, Bryant and three sons. They love to play outside, read, cheer for the Blue Jays and are proud part-owners of a local café. They live in intentional community, seeking to be the love and light of Christ in their neighbourhood.