Taking up the challenge from Justin at coachradio.tv, I’m listing 25 little-known facts about me. –Chris
1. From the time I was 6 to the time I was 16 I was heavily involved in karate. I won 6 state championships during those years.
2. I really became interested in flying and shifted my focus from karate to flying in my late teens. I soloed (flew by myself for the first time) when I was 16.
3. I went to Auburn University on an Army ROTC Scholarship and majored in Aviation. I spent 6 years on active duty in the Army, eventually being honorably discharged as a Captain. I was known as a “Jack of All Trades” because of the variety of positions I held.
4. I could eat Chinese food three times a week and not grow tired of it.
5. My wife and I went through several years of infertility treatments before we adopted our boys. One of our favorite things to do is tell the story of how our family was formed through adoption.
6. I read about 4 books a month. Most on business or personal development or faith.
7. I was an Episcopal Priest for a little over 5 years. I went to seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. When I came back to Tennessee I served as a Church Planter (one who starts new churches).
8. I left the priesthood in 2007 and, along with my family, became Catholic. I decided not to pursue the Catholic Priesthood even though there is a special provision that allows for married Episcopal clergy to become priests.
9. I still have a lot in common with, and a great respect for, Christians of all stripes and want to help be a bridge-builder in this area. I believe there is much more than unites us than divides us. These days, we need each other.
A sample of my BonJovi collection.
10. I grew up on 80′s pop/rock/metal. I still LOVE Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. My wife took me to see Def Leppard on my birthday in 2009. The crowd was sure older than it was when I saw them in 1988! (So were we!)
11. I am an active Flight Instructor and fly 2-3 times per week…usually more.
12. My creative brain usually comes up with more ideas than I can pursue. I’m definitely an ideas guy.
13. The part of ministry that I really have missed is having the opportunity of regularly contributing to people’s lives in a meaningful way. That’s part of why I love instructing and coaching.
14. When I’m driving, I’m constantly talking to the other cars. I get irritated easily in traffic. This is something I’m working on.
15. Our 6-year old has pretty strong food allergies. Presently we’re having to be a gluten-free house. Most everything that I like (liked) to eat had gluten in it.
16. In addition to the music in #10, I like good, non-cheesy, honest, Christian music. No fluff please. I LOVE Skillet.
17. I don’t watch much T.V. I typically have one or two shows that I really am committed to. Some of those shows have been: Lost, 24, Battlestar Galactica (new version), and Medium.
18. I’m a Star Wars geek. I pretty much love science fiction. I think that genre easily blends philosophy and religion and morality together and comes up with some interesting dilemmas.
19. Re: #17, I hate TV shows that try to be meaningful but only come up with an emotionally manipulative storyline. For example, I can’t stand the “Christmas Shoes” movie that runs constantly in November and December. I don’t cry at Hallmark commercials. Now “BraveHeart”…THAT brings a tear to my eye.
20. I continue to learn to be very intentional about time. We either manage it or it will manage us.
21. I was born in raised in Mississippi. Went to college in Alabama. When I was in seminary in Pittsburgh, I lost most of my southern accent. It was a necessity when learning to speak publicly (i.e. preaching).
22. Being a Dad is awesome. But it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve learned loads about me and much of it has brought a good dose of humility.
23. I have a great passion for missions work. My wife Sheryl and I worked at a missionary home office when I was in seminary. Mission Aviation Fellowship blends my love of flying with missions really well. I’d love to fly for them.
24. I’ve been able to visit a number of countries. I’ve visited England, Ireland, Wales, Italy, France, Turkey, Greece, Ecuador and Spain. Ireland is probably my favorite.
25. Between being in the Army and being in ministry, I had a 15 year hiatus from flying. Coming back into it was a thrill and I enjoy helping others find their way back into the cockpit too.