Chris was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in central Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University in 1991 with a degree in Public Relations, he did youth ministry for a Presbyterian church in the Pittsburgh area. After Sonja finished at Purdue a year later, they married, and she joined Chris for another 4 years of ministry in Pittsburgh. In 1996, the Smiths moved to St. Louis for seminary. Chris graduated in 2000 with an M.Div from Covenant Seminary and has had a broad range of ministry experience, serving in both urban and suburban contexts, as an interim pastor and a church planter. In July 2016 Chris accepted a call as a Pastor here at Covenant Church. Chris and Sonja’s family consists of Abigail and her husband Travis, Hannah Grace, Xander, Andrew, and their dog Riley.