Chris Plekenpol grew up thinking he was a Christian. While he didn’t “grow up in church,” he did go to church growing up.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineer from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1999. As a second lieutenant, he was sent to Fort Knox, Ky., where he learned the trade of being an Armor and Cavalry officer, with a dream of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. It was while he was in Kentucky that Chris decided for the first time he was free to find a church for him, and not just where his parents went. Thinking God would be most evident at the biggest church, he began attending Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. Through powerful preaching, Chris had his eyes opened and on Dec. 4, 1999, he gave his life to Christ.
During a successful military career, Chris saw battles raging both on the ground and in his heart. He soon realized his true passion lay in ministering in a different type of battlefield.
Chris finished his time in the army and attended Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating in May of 2010 with a Master of Theology. Prior to his graduation, in May 2009, Chris joined the staff of e3 Partners as an I am Second Ambassador, working specifically to coordinate events and training for students on middle, high school, college and university campuses.
He has authored four books, including Faith in the Fog of War I & II, which chronicle his experience in combat and the grace of God he saw in those desperate times and circumstances; Stumbling Souls: Is Love Enough?, which tells the true story of what happens when Chris put God’s agenda ahead of his own, taking in a homeless, HIV positive, hurricane Katrina victim off the streets and into his home; and Is Love Wrong?, which begs the question of how to hate sin but love the sinner.
Chris is a dynamic communicator and speaks to audiences all over the country and around the world. He has spoken at college campuses, mega churches, prisons, men’s conferences and youth camps. He and his wife Adrienne enjoy traveling and empowering groups of all ages to shine the light of Christ in their community.