Chris Maxwell joined Emmanuel College as Director of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor after pastoring in Orlando, Fla., for 19 years. Chris and his wife, Debbie, who teaches at Royston Elementary in Georgia, have three sons: Taylor, Aaron and Graham. Taylor, a singer and songwriter, and his wife, Brittany, live in Denver, CO. They have two sons and a daughter. Aaron, who graduated from Emmanuel College in 2010, serves at a school in Dakar, Senegal. He is married to another Emmanuel graduate, Amber Evans Maxwell. Aaron and Amber have two sons. Graham also graduated from EC after four years playing basketball, and now is living in Athens, GA, with is wife, Ginni.
Chris speaks around the world in churches, retreat centers, conferences, and medical conventions (To learn more about Chris’s speaking schedule or to invite Chris to speak at your church, group or event please click here.)
His latest book, Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Damage, and Epilepsy Change Everything, looks at how encephalitis almost ended Chris’ life. The scar tissue in his brain and life with epilepsy made him – and his family and friends – feel like the life they’d known changed suddenly and permanently. Pause with Jesus: Entering His Story in Everyday Life, enters the stories of Jesus walking with His disciples, loving those unloved by others, and leaving the crowd to get time alone with the Father. In his book, Pause for Pastors: Finding Still Waters in the Storm of Ministry,Chris offers life-lessons from his own years as a pastor to help other pastors find rest in the stress of their vocation. Pause for Moms: Finding Rest in a Too Busy World and Pause: The Secret to a Better Life, One Word at a Time include stories, questions, and spiritual exercises guide readers to a greater understanding of how God is with us in our normal life experiences. His book Unwrapping His Presence, is a collection of stories and poems for the Christmas season, a difficult time for many people. It contains honest words of hope, reminding readers of Christ’s entry into our world and our lives. Changing My Mind chronicles Chris’ battle with the life-changing experience of encephalitis and the long-term effects of epilepsy. God has used his disability to bring hope to many hurting people. His first book, Beggars Can Be Chosen, uses the narratives of Jesus inviting people to follow Him to teach much about Christ’s method of evangelism.
In addition to being an author of those books, Chris writes articles, reviews, curriculum, poetry, songs, commercials and speeches for various magazines, publishing companies, websites, and newspapers. He has written for Leadership Journal, God’s Word for Today, Ministry Today, The Orlando Sentinel, Charisma, Enrichment, LIVE, Lift, The Sonshine Bulletin and others. He has also served as editor or ghostwriter for over twenty books, and written chapters and devotionals for other books, including Traci Mullins’ A Grandmother’s Touch.