Christopher was appointed as a local pastor to PVUMC by the Desert Southwest Conference Bishop Robert Hoshibata in August 2018. As the Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship, he works with the Ignite worship community at PVUMC, as well as overseeing the adult discipleship and missions programs of the larger church. Christopher was formerly the youth director at PVUMC for five years before his appointment. He was awarded a BA in religion and visual art from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and earned a certificate in youth and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry. He has over ten years of ministry experience. Christopher and his wife, Ingrid, moved to Phoenix from the Midwest.