Junior High leader

Chris Wakeland

Chris was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. At age 12, his family moved to the beautiful state of Oregon. He attended junior high and high school in the small town of St. Helens, where he succeeded at baseball. He continued his education and baseball career at George Fox University. This is where he started attending church and was saved. He then moved on to Oregon State University, to further his education and play baseball. His senior year, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers organization. Chris went on to play eleven years of professional baseball, traveling all over the world. God rocked his world in 2006 when he had to have major surgery on his small intestine, by the grace of God, he is still here today. It was a tough decision, but Chris left baseball in 2007 to pursue a job in fitness training back in Huntington Beach. He started attending CrossPoint in 2007 with a family friend. Chris met and married his wife, Jessica, at CrossPoint and they currently now serve in the Junior High department.

He married Jessica in 2010. They have one daughter named Abigail and one son named Nolan. It has been amazing to watch the two of them grow and see what blessings they are to their family. They love spending time together, going to the park, swimming, and watching movies.

Chris works with the Junior High students on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. His goal is to provide a welcoming Christ-centered atmosphere where the students are able to come and learn, discuss topics, ask questions and have a blast! He enjoys getting to know each Junior High student individually and so does his amazing staff.

His favorite verse is Colossians 1:10, "So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every work and increasing in the knowledge of God."

Chris loves watching sports, playing card games, reading, playing softball and being with his family. He has also coached youth baseball this past year and had a great time doing it.