Dean of Students, Professor of Pastoral Ministry

Chris Atwell has more than two decades of pastoral ministry and church planting experience in diverse contexts. He is currently the Lead Pastor of Vision and Instruction at Portico Church in Charlottesville, VA, which he planted in 2004. Before founding Portico, Chris served as a youth pastor for ten years in Virginia and California. Chris is also the Regional Director for Acts 29 North Atlantic. Chris and his wife, Jenn, have three daughters.


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religious Studies

University of Virginia

Master of Arts (MA) in Ministry

Moody Bible Institute

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