Welcome, Pastor Chris

The Whitehead family, clockwise from back: Anja, Chris (holding Hamish), Keelin (holding Rowan), Finley, Murray, and Liam. Photo by Kacey Ginn

This fall, the Dwelling Place, one of Clarion’s churches, welcomed a new senior pastor: Chris Whitehead, previously from Waterloo. During October, he commuted every week to preach on Sundays, and at the end of October, the family—Chris, his wife Anja, and their six children—made the move to Clarion.

For 17 years, Whitehead was a “professional computer nerd,” working for Wells Fargo and the State of Iowa in different technology-related aspects. More recently, he was a project manager for Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. But for the last year and a half, he was also actively involved in an outreach ministry to the Burmese (Myanmar) community where he assisted a pastor from that country, and also led a weekly street ministry in the poorer areas of Waterloo.

The Dwelling Place started as a gathering of Christians that met in people’s homes, the previous citizen’s center, even the Clarion Public Library meeting room before moving into its current building, which was once a bowling alley. Though it doesn’t look like a traditional church from the outside, inside it was beautifully remodeled by church members, with three classrooms for children’s Sunday school and a welcoming Sanctuary.

“So far everybody we’ve met has been a very warm welcome for us,” Whitehead said.


For the full story, see the November 16 edition of the Monitor.