A founding member of the popular Christian band Scarecrow and Tinmen, Chris wrote, recorded and toured with the band for seven years. He also has four solo albums to his credit: Follow, Golden, Wonder (Joyful Desperation), and The Encounter.
One of the most effective champions of family life in the church today, Chris can speak from experience. He’s been married to his high school sweetheart for over 15 years and has eight children. As he likes to say, the Padgett family is taking the call to “make disciples” very seriously!
Chris and his wife, Linda, recently published their first book, Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex: One Couple’s Return to Chastity. Recounting their journey from courtship to marriage, the book speaks to young people about maintaining chastity in the midst of a culture that encourages otherwise.
Known for his zany sense of humor and his love of books, Chris is a “very zealous” convert to Catholicism. He and his family entered the church on Easter of 1999. He holds a master’s in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, and has begun doctoral work in Marian studies at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.
Chris is a veteran of three World Youth Days (Rome, Toronto, and Cologne; planning on Australia) and has ministered at many diocesan youth events. His television appearances include Life on the Rock with Jeff Cavins and Living His Life Abundantly with Johnette Benkavick, both on EWTN. He has spoken on numerous radio shows and appeared at several Steubenville youth conferences.
Upcoming projects include a best-of compilation of live performances, an iTunes project with some of the funniest stories and messages from his talks, and a DVD.
Impact gets Chris' newest and best concert material onto CD, showcasing the impact he's had on audiences around the world.
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Modern/Alternative Rock Album of the Year, Impact
Modern/Alternative Rock Song of the Year, "Be My Everything"
2005 Unity AwardRock Song of the Year for "Wonder"