Our Staff

Phil Chambers - Pastor

Phil is married to Jennifer and father of FuYongLi, Lily, and Kate.

After growing up in Athens, GA, Phil moved to Birmingham, AL to attend Samford University where he received a degree in Marketing. Upon completion of his Master of Divinity degree, he moved to Brisbane, Australia to pioneer a university ministry for two years. He returned to Birmingham with a desire to see his city and the nations impacted with the reality of Jesus. He was involved in the formation of Christ Community in 2009 and continues as one of it's pastors. He finds great joy in discipling other men, teaching and preaching, living life with Jennifer and his daughters and watching people grow in their awe and love of God. His prayer is that Christ will become greater in all things.

David Cunningham - Pastor

David grew up in Georgia before attending Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He's married to Susan and has four children. In 1998 David and Susan moved to Brisbane, Australia with Mission to the World to serve Christ in university ministry and church planting. After thirteen years of service in Australia, David joined Christ Community's ministry team to help them fulfill their vision of "Making Disciples Who Make Much of Jesus in all nations." David's desire is to see people grasp the "amazing-ness" of God's grace in Christ and for it to transform the way they view God, themselves, and the world.

Adele Gilchrist - Administrative Assitant

Adele has been the assistant to Phil Chambers for 15 years; first at Oak Mountain Presbyterian in Birmingham, and for the past 10 years here at Christ Community Church. She brings a unique passion and energy to the team, as seen in her gifts of exhortation, discernment and administration. A Birmingham native and a graduate of John Carrol High School, Adele has three grown children and two grandchildren. Given the choice between breathing and watching Alabama football, she'll choose breathing. But it's close. She also loves the beach, ministering to women and spending time with her family.

Renee Whorton - Preschool & Children's Director

Renee is married to Andy and they have three children- Jack, Josh, and Lydia Joy. Born and raised in Birmingham, AL, Renee attended Auburn University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has taught K-10th grades either at home or in the classroom. Her passion is bringing the love of Christ to the hearts and minds of children. She also loves women’s ministry, reading, decorating, art, and spending time with loved ones in her home. Her prayer is that the children of Christ Community would know Jesus as Lord, would grow in their knowledge and love for Him, and would serve Him with throughout their lives.

Caroline Dempsey - Women's Ministry & Communications Coordinator

Caroline is married to Don, and they have one child, Anna. Born in the mountains of East Tennessee, Caroline grew up in sunny Clearwater, FL. Caroline attended Samford University as well as Lee University and graduated with a Master’s in Teaching English and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Caroline started her professional ESL and ministry career living in East Asia and working cross-culturally. Her passion is helping women develop a love for and understanding of TRUTH as it is revealed in Scripture. She loves a good, inductive Bible study, and she particularly loves women’s ministry, reading, and spending time with loved ones in her home. Her prayer is that the women of Christ Community would know Jesus as Lord, would grow in their knowledge and love for Him, and would serve Him with throughout their lives.

Allen Barlow - Worship Leader

Originally from West Virginia, Allen grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. He's a graduate of the University of Montevallo with a BM in guitar performance. He has been a music instructor since 1992, a touring performer and is the owner of Homewood School of Music. He has a real passion for showing the love of Christ to others through music ministry, education and performance. Allen and his wife Amy have been married since 1995. They've lived in Pelham since 2001 along with their 3 kids, Laney, Jude and Zane.

Will Patridge - Facility Director

Will grew up in Birmingham and attended the University of Montevallo. He currently works full time for Hoover City Schools as a teacher and soccer coach, and he also works for Birmingham United SA as a staff soccer coach. When Will is away from work, he finds joy in teaching, learning, working with his hands, and spending time with his wife, Heather, and his three children, Hudson, Clara, and Van.

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