Chris Padgett is a Catholic musician and speaker.
For over a decade I have been doing ministry around the country. It has been such a blessing. Using the medium of music and message I have attempted to communicate the truth of Christ’s love and forgiveness in a way that makes a difference. First with Scarecrow and Tinmen and then for over the last twelve years on my own, I have been doing ministry. It has been amazing to connect with kids and adults in various parishes and youth events around the world. Doing keynotes and concerts, writing articles or giving interviews, it has all been utilized to convey the importance of who Jesus is and what He has, is and will do in the lives of His people.
In Easter of 1999 I entered the Roman Catholic Church, which has been one of the most amazing adventures of my life. Many stereotypes and preconceived notions had to be modified for me to make such a transition, but the longer I searched, the more convinced I became. I have also been blessed with the most amazing wife. Linda and I met in high school and have been in love ever since. With nine children, tons of memories, and prayerfully many years before us to grow in this vocation, I am graced to spend this time with my best friend. Touring around the country is cool, but having the stability of my family at home has been the backbone of this apostolate.
In January of 2006, I took a comprehensive exam and graduated that May with my M.A in theology from Franciscan University. This was a major achievement for me, especially with all of the travel and responsibilities at home. This educational journey continues, and I have almost finished doctoral work at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.I hope to have my STL/STD (doctorate in Sacred Theology) shortly. I am grateful for everyone who has kept us in prayer and supported our journey.
As for what is to come, I am open to whatever, wherever, and whenever. Whatever He wants that is what I want, wherever He desires me to be, that is where I wish to be, and whenever He chooses for it to happen, that is when I wish it to happen as well. If our paths cross, it is my prayer that you aren’t entertained as much as drawn into a deeper intimacy with Jesus. I am entrusting this ministry to Mary’s intercession. I figure if she can bring us closer to her Son, then she will certainly take me to the places I need to be at, in order to share Christ’s love.
I pray you realize that Mary is pouring the graces of her Son upon you even now.