Born and raised in Memphis, TN, there is an undeniable tie that Chris Conlee has to the city known as The 901. It is a love for this city and a commitment to being part of the healing of Memphis that led Chris and Karin to birth three new initiatives in 2020: One City Church, Tremble: A House of United Prayer, and Race for Reconciliation.
Long before Chris was a pastor, he learned leadership from growing up in a family-owned business, competing as a collegiate golfer at the University of Memphis, and through his Master’s of Divinity at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to founding and leading Highpoint Church (2001-2018), Chris’s entrepreneurial spirit also led him to start LoveWorks, the Healing Wounded History Conference, and the LeadershipWorks Conference.
Chris was honored to have his leadership acknowledged by the city he loves when he was recognized as one of the Top 40 Leaders Under 40 in Memphis. Chris also enjoys serving as a Trustee for Lead Like Jesus.
In 2019, Chris and Karin continued their involvement in both leadership development and racial reconciliation through teaching CEO peer advisory groups and creating Race for Reconciliation- a values-driven non-profit that brings a positive, unifying voice of healing, honor, and hope to cities plagued with racial division. After consulting with the Bethel Leadership Network in 2019, Chris served as the Executive Pastor and Consultant at Bethel Cleveland in 2020. In 2023, Chris was invited to be a member of the Bethel Leadership Network’s Builders team.
Chris is a gifted communicator in any setting, and he regularly teaches at leadership seminars, conferences, and in the corporate world. His self-published book, Priority Time: Addicted to God’s Word, has revolutionized people’s understanding of how to have a “devotional time,” and is a valuable resource for anyone who desires to spend time with God daily through the Word and in prayer. His second book, LoveWorks: The Key to Making Life Work, is all about God’s desire for us to love well, live well, and lead well.
In addition to his two books, Chris was recently the subject of a documentary highlighting God’s redemptive work in Chris’ relationship with his father. Love Works: A Story of Healing and Hope is an ICVM top 3 finalist for film of the year and the recipient of the Honor Your Father Award at the 2022 Christian Worldview Film Festival.
Chris couldn’t be who he is today without his wife of 28 years, Karin, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Race for Reconciliation, as well as a gifted speaker and author. They have a son and a daughter, Mark, and Annika. Mo is their four-legged baby who has been elevated to spoiled status and frequently enjoys bacon and pupcups.