Chris hails from Central New York State. He was born in Syracuse and graduated from the SUNY Oswego with a BA in elementary education. Chris taught in the public school system for ten years and then spent fifteen years as a marketing and sales representative in the paper and packaging industry.
In 1998, Chris was called to develop a disciple making men's ministry for the Evangelical Free Church of America and joined the National Ministries team at the EFCA National Office in Minneapolis, MN. Chris had been involved in developing an effective men's ministry at Faith EFC in Fort Collins, CO and served as Men's Ministries Director for the EFCA Rocky Mountain District before joining the EFCA Men's Ministries National Board of Directors in 1995. He was Vice President of that board in 1997, when asked to take on the new directorship assignment. Chris founded a new Men's Ministries emphasis called "Men With a Purpose" that assists churches as they strengthen their men's disciple making ministries.
Chris recently re-launched Men With a Purpose as a ministry of Discipleship Network of America, ministering to churches nationwide. He speaks frequently in leadership development retreat and conference settings. Chris co-authored Seven Keys to a Highly Successful Ministry to Men for local church men's leaders. He is a founding member of the National Coalition of Men's Ministries and serves on the steering committee of that organization. In 2004, Chris appeared with a panel of men's ministry experts on a two-day Focus on the Family radio program with Dr. James Dobson. He is also a founding board member of Maryland Coalition of Men's Ministries and shares the vision for reaching men’s leaders across Maryland with training, resources, encouragement, and tools for discipling men
Chris and his wife Shelli have three grown children, and three grandchildren. They live in Edgewood, MD, just north of Baltimore. Chris enjoys hunting, fishing, and leading men in small group and one-on-one discipling contexts. His real passion though, is helping to lead a disciple making men's movement across America.
In the summer of 1992, Chris Van Brocklin attended his first Promise Keepers men’s conference at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado along with 24,000 men from across the country. It was an exhilarating experience and planted the seed deep within him to help churches to capture the excitement of events and sustain the momentum by discipling their men.
Chris was invited to help equip PK ambassadors and key men throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota with principles and strategies for discipling men in local churches. Eventually though, PK abandoned the idea of equipping churches.
Beginning in 2008, Chris served as National Men’s Ministries Director for the Evangelical Free Church of America, an association of approximately 1500 churches. In that role, he formed a national network of leaders that assisted churches as they strengthened their men’s disciple making ministries. After ten productive years, he was commissioned by the EFCA to offer the same help independent of denominational ties through Men With a Purpose and Maryland Coalition of Men’s Ministries..
On November 9, 2013, Chris was appointed Baltimore Area Director of Men’s Discipleship by Man in the Mirror, headquartered in Orlando, Florida. In that role, he has responsibilities for churches in Baltimore and five surrounding counties; Baltimore, Howard, Carroll, Frederick, and Harford counties.
Man in the Mirror’s vision is to help every church to disciple every man and is placing leaders who are called to disciple men all over the country.
As Baltimore Area Director, Chris will be working with pastors and church leaders to help them in their efforts to disciple the men in their church and in their community. In the first three years, his goal is to be working with 100 Baltimore area churches. If each of those churches average 30 new disciples, that means by the end of 2016, three thousand men will be living transformed lives!
Chris is now in the process of building his budget with the support of like-minded Christian leaders. Everyone’s support in needed to launch this vital Maryland effort.
If you would prayerfully consider becoming a monthly investor in this ministry, we will have a very experienced man in the field in Maryland working with churches on behalf of Maryland men. If that’s not possible, would you consider an end-of-year gift of $100, $250, $500 or even more?