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Dr. Chris Altrock narrates his story in Churches of Christ, which did not begin until a Vacation Bible School experience in his elementary years. In high school, he attended the Cloudcroft Church of Christ in New Mexico, where he was baptized in 1984. He describes how his faith grew in the campus ministry of the University Church of Christ while he attended New Mexico State University. He decided to pursue congregational ministry in 1993 when he enrolled at Harding Graduate School of Religion for the M.Div., where he later earned the D.Min. He spent more than twenty years at Highland Church of Christ, following Harold Shank’s tenure. In that twenty-first century, he describes that congregation’s discussions and challenges on issues including worship, praise teams, instrumental music, gender norms in worship, ministry to the poor, partisan politics, race and racism, and professionalization of leadership. After leaving due to issues revolving around his preaching on race and racism and his gay son, he left Highland and, after considering non-Churches of Christ ministry options, eventually was hired at one of the few open and affirming Churches of Christ, Stamford Church of Christ.


This interview of Chris Altrock (Stamford, Connecticut) conducted by James Gorman (Knoxville, Tennessee) took place on September 26, 2022.

Length: 1 hour and 1 minutes

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ACU_CoCOralHistoryProject_Altrock.Chris.mp3 (57811 kB)
Audio file "Interview #16 – Chris Altrock