Chris has been married to his wife, Kim, for forty-six years. They have four children and six grandchildren.
In 2000, after serving as a minister for twenty years, God began to direct Chris’ heart into the community. As a result, Chris was the visionary and driving force behind the development of three major projects. The first was “El Amor De Cristo,” a seventeen home Habitat for Humanity subdivision built solely by churches. The second project was Community Builders – a coalition of six Northwest Valley churches that provided quarterly service projects to assist the city of El Mirage. The third project – the one that fully captured Chris’ heart – was Helping Hands for Single Moms.
Since its launch in 2002, Helping Hands for Single Moms has provided over $6 million in scholarships and supportive services to hundreds of low income single mom college student families. In 2018, Chris launched Helping Hands for Single Moms, Dallas.
In 2015, Chris was named “Educator of the Year” by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education and in 2011 received a Golden Rule award from the Arizona Interfaith Movement. In 2008, Helping Hands for Single Moms received the “Judges Choice” award at the KAET Channel Eight “Be More” awards. Helping Hands for Single Moms was recognized as the top program for “originality and extra-ordinary effort” out of 130 statewide nonprofits.
Single Mom - You Are a Hero!
You may not feel like one. You might not have ever been called one. You might be picking up the opposite message from the culture - that you have failed and have become a burden on society – that you need to get married and be a normal family.
A hero is a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. That definition describes you – a mom standing in the gap, leading, nurturing and protecting your children – perhaps all alone.
When you read the single mom stories in “Heroes in our Midst” I hope you will be:
To all moms, dads, brothers, friends and pastors… “Heroes in Our Midst” is a book of inspiration for single moms and for those who love them. We encourage you to buy a copy for the single mom in your life and slip a “You are my Hero” letter in the front cover. She deserves it.
“Heroes in Our Midst” chronicles the inspiring stories of eight single moms who faced challenges, limitations, failures, and rejection yet found the inner strength, faith in God, and support from Helping Hands for Single Moms to succeed, leaving a rich legacy for their kids watching it all unfold in real-time.