Just over 20 years ago, the idea of pastoring a church wasn’t even on Chris Conlee’s radar. After graduating from the University of Memphis with a degree in Communications, he was busy pursuing a career in golf. However, God had other plans…
A turning point came in October 2000 when God led Chris to abandon his dream and relentlessly pursue Him. For the first time, Chris realized life wasn’t about chasing his own dreams, but rather how he would serve the Lord’s purposes. It wasn’t about being a better person or living a happier life; it was about pouring God’s love into the lives of those around him. Chris had a total paradigm shift that shaped the journey he would soon embark upon. He started to see people through the lens of God’s perspective, and he began to pursue the Lord’s call on his life with the exact same passion with which he’d pursued his golfing career.
Shortly after receiving his Masters of Divinity from the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, God spoke directly to Chris out of Exodus 3 and challenged him to act upon what God had been stirring in his heart: to plant a church.
As the Lead Pastor of Highpoint Church since 2002, Chris’s relentless passion for people is evident and contagious. It's a passion that has inspired him to actively lead a movement committed to reaching people right where they are, whether that’s within the church or in the broader community. Chris is a gifted communicator in any setting, and he regularly teaches at leadership seminars, Christian conferences, and in the corporate world. His highly acclaimed book, Priority Time: Addicted to God's Word, has revolutionized people’s understanding of how to have a “quiet time,” and is a valuable resource for anyone who desires to spend time with God daily through the Word and in prayer.
One of the constants in Chris’s journey has been his wife and best friend, Karin. Together, they lead with grace and compassion, and demonstrate what it means to love people well. They have two teenageers, Mark and Annika, who do everything they can to keep life interesting.