Chris Heuertz has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope among a world that has legitimate reasons to question God's goodness.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia's first pediatric AIDS care home--creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic.
A forerunner in the New Friar movement, Chris and his wife Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. This has taken Chris to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world's poor.
In 2012 Phileena and Chris launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.
Named one of Outreach magazine's "30 Emerging Influencers Reshaping Leadership," Chris is a curator of unlikely friendships, an instigator for good, a champion of collaboration, and a witness to hope, Chris fights for a renewal of contemplative activism. He is known for his provocative storytelling, and Chris has written 3 books:
Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World (IVP, 2008) shows how a lifestyle of humility, community, simplicity, submission and brokenness sustains us through the challenges of life in a broken world.
Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission (IVP, 2010) the 4th title of Duke Divinity School's Center for Reconciliation's book series.
Unexpected Gifts: Discovering the Way of Community (Howard Books, 2013) offers insight on how the soul is shaped through fidelity in difficult relationships.
Join Chris on Facebook and Twitter (@ChrisHeuertz) in his adventures to love on the margins.