Chris Southard, better known as Suds, graduated from Guilford College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He served as Youth Director at First Pres until 2012. His post as the head of the youth staff began in 2004.
Suds transitioned to Director of College and Family Ministries in 2012. His areas of interest in ministry include adolescent spiritual formation specifically through dialogue with 12th century monasticism and the area of adolescent psychological well being.
In addition to his above responsibilities, he was ordained within ECO in 2014 and is now serving as an Assistant Pastor.
He has been married to Brenda since 1995, and they are the parents of three sons, Joshua, Caleb, and Keegan, and a daughter, Jaden.