Chris is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, and received a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has been serving in the ordained ministry in the Virginia Annual Conference of United Methodist Church since 1997. He served as Senior Pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church, Associate Pastor of Farmville United Methodist Church, Senior Pastor of Broad Street United Methodist Church, Senior Pastor of the Caramel-Cole’s Point Charge, and Senior Pastor of Hopewell United Methodist Church before coming to First United Methodist Church in Hopewell, VA.
Chris served on the Virginia Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry for nine years, coming off the BHECM after being President for one and one half years after serving as Board Secretary. He was the Chairman of the Board of Pace Campus Ministry, a Wesley Foundation at VCU, after serving as the Board Secretary there. He has served on the District level, too.
Chris is married to Adria G. Andress, a third-grade teacher at Bensley Elementary School in Chesterfield County. Chris plays guitar and bass guitar and collects vintage Macintosh computers. He likes Starbucks and drinks lattes.
Chris and Adria are the parents of Susannah Hope Andress, who is almost a teenager! She loves to read and sing silly songs with her dad. The whole family loves their pets: Lucy, a dog, Alice, a cat. We also love serving God and neighbor with you in Hopewell Virginia at First United Methodist Church!
"Welcome to First United Methodist Church of Hopewell, VA. We invite you to be a part of all God is doing in and through First UMC to bring Hope to Hopewell! The information on this website will help you begin to understand what it means to be a part of the Body of Christ that meets at First UMC, but nothing can compare to being here in person!
Join us for worship at one of our Sunday morning services to see what I mean. Come help us to deliver the hope of Christ Jesus to our community, our state, our country and our world. You have a place at First United Methodist Church! Come home to First UMC!
I invite you to contact me if I can serve you in any way. I would love to be your pastor!"