Chris Osborn, Ruling Elder
Chris was born in Charlotte, and lived briefly in Greensboro and Houston before settling in Albany, Georgia at age 10. His relationship with Jesus began shortly after that, and he was active in youth group growing up. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1992 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995. In 1993, Chris married Wendy Ward, one of his best friends from youth group, and upon finishing grad school, they moved to Charlotte in 1995.
In 2001 he joined the law firm of Horack, Talley, Pharr & Lowndes, where he worked for 11 years handling litigation of construction, real estate, and employment disputes. During that time, he begin doing a lot of continuing legal education programs on ethics and professional responsibility, and co-founded a company called ReelTime CLE, in order to pursue more opportunities to do that sort of thing. In that process, Chris discovered a love for teaching, and ultimately, in the fall of 2012, he left private practice and began teaching full time at the Charlotte School of Law.
He was ordained as a Ruling Elder in the PCA while a member at Uptown Christ Covenant. In 2002, the Osborn family left Uptown to help plant Hope Community Church. They have three beloved daughters, named Savannah (1998), Sarah Kate (2000), and Ella (2002).
Chris’s spiritual life has been most greatly affected by the ministries or works of Danny Key (his former youth group’s choir director), Dan Allender (and those he trained who ended up at the Barnabas Center), Mark Upton, Tom Hawkes, Tim Keller of Redeemer Church NYC, Paul Tripp, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at UNC. Chris’s life with Jesus has also been meaningfully impacted by the music of artists such as Bebo Norman, Jason Gray, Switchfoot, TobyMac, Tenth Avenue North, and Bill Mallonee and Vigilantes of Love.