Venture Church Pastor
Chris Woolard is our lead Pastor. He and his wife Lindsey, along with their 2 kids (Silas and Savannah), moved to Wilmington in 2012 to start Venture Church.
As the primary teacher at Venture Church, one of his greatest gifts is the ability to present deep truth in completely relatable ways.
Chris loves spending time with his family. He loves the outdoors, playing guitar, NFL football (especially the Dallas Cowboys), working on cars, camping, and disc golf. He is also an avid reader of history, sci-fi, and fantasy.
He serves as an Assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 26 in Wilmington, a Pop-Warner youth football coach, on the Advisory Board for the Nir Family YMCA, The Executive Team of the Carolina Christian Youth Conference, and the President of Disaster Assistance Relief Teams of Wilmington.
Both Chris and Lindsey grew up in Eastern NC. Chris spent 10 years working as a Youth Pastor in Norfolk, VA, and Greenville, NC before getting into new church work. Before moving to Wilmington in 2012 to start Venture, he completed a 1 year Church Planting\Residency at Kinetic Church (now OneLife Church) in Concord NC. He holds a BA in Bible and Theology from Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City NC and an MA in New Testament and Preaching from Johnson University in Knoxville TN.
He is passionate about empowering families, fighting injustice, and serving the broken with his time and talents. He is even more passionate helping people who are far from God connect with the God who loves them!