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 its 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.

Emily Young - Administrative Assistant

Emily was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in Gulf Breeze, FL. She moved to Birmingham in 2000 with her husband, Andrew, a pilot. Together, they have 3 adult children. Emily is a "retired" homeschool teacher. She's worked on church administrations before, and now she's lending her gifts and skills to Christ Community.

Ellen Chandlee - Children's Ministry Director

Ellen is married to Evan, and they have two children: Opal and Dean. Ellen is a native of Alabama, and attended the University of Montevallo. Her passion is bringing the love of Christ to the hearts and minds of children. In her free time, she loves cake decorating for family and friends. 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 throughout their lives.

Emily Reed - Women's Ministry Coordinator

Emily is married to Martin and they have three children: Tobias, Lucy and Maggie. A native of Alabama, Emily attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Emily has a background in writing and has always loved meeting new people and telling their stories. Emily and Martin have been a part of Christ Community since 2018. Emily has a passion for women’s ministry and desires to see all of the women at Christ Community feel seen, known and loved. Her prayer is that every woman at CCC will know Christ personally and find joy in furthering His kingdom throughout their daily lives at home, at church, at work and with each sister in Christ.

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.

Matthew Bell - Tech & Audio Coordinator

Matthew grew up in Alabaster, Alabama. He attended college at the University of Alabama and received his degree in Electrical Engineering. He is the Lead Controls Engineer at Vulcan Engineering in Helena, responsible for overseeing system design, programming, and installation. Matthew has a passion of attending to small, important details ensure the 'big picture' functions smoothly for others. Matthew is married to his high school sweetheart, Ashley Bell. They met at senior prom and have been together ever since. He and Ashley live in Alabaster and have two lovely girls, Esther and Deborah.

Will Patridge - Facility Director

Will grew up in Birmingham and attended the University of Montevallo where he graduated in 2004 with his Masters in Education. He currently works full time for Hoover City Schools as an elementary teacher. Will also also works for Alabama FC as a soccer coach and serves as their Director of Academy for the Alabaster area.
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.