Meet Chris Conlee
I’m a leader, pastor, coach, consultant, author, and speaker dedicated to unlocking your future and fulfillment.
The back story
Imagine what happens inside you when your family suffers through divorce multiple times, drugs countless times, death at the wrong time, and defeat all the time. Given these circumstances, most people talk about what didn’t work. Chris’s story defies the odds as he turns negatives into positives, relentlessly pursuing a life that proves love works, life works, leadership works, and legacy works.
Executive Pastor at Bethel Cleveland
In January of 2000 Chris and Karin moved to Dayton, Ohio to serve at Far Hills Church for two years before being called to start Highpoint. Twenty years later in January of 2020, Chris and Karin have returned to Ohio to serve as the Executive Pastor at Bethel Cleveland under Pastors Steve and Cindy Witt. They are excited and encouraged to join this revival movement, build into God’s people and see God’s work flourish.
Founding Pastor of Highpoint Church
Chris and Karin Conlee started Highpoint Church in 2002. It quickly became known as a perfect place for imperfect people. Perhaps that’s one of the primary reasons it grew to average over 4,500 people in three locations every weekend under Chris and Karin’s eighteen years of leadership.
Chris’s entrepreneurial spirit enabled him to start the Highpoint Leadership Institute, the LeadershipWorks Conference, and the Healing Wounded History Conference. Every vision is ultimately a solution to a problem. One of the problems Chris is most passionate about solving is racism and all of its related injustices; that’s one of the primary reasons Chris was one of the founding members of the Memphis Christian Pastors Network. Chris also enjoys serving as a Trustee for Lead Like Jesus and teaching for Convene and their Christian CEO Peer Advisory Groups.
Chris regularly teaches leadership seminars, retreats, and conferences for churches, non-profits, and CEO Peer Advisory Groups. His wife, Karin Conlee, is also a gifted leader, speaker, and author. Chris and Karin love opportunities to teach together, especially on the following topics: Devotional Life, Leadership, Discipleship, Marriage, Parenting, and Overcoming Adversity.
His book, Priority Time: Addicted to God’s Word, has revolutionized people’s understanding of how to have a “devotional time,” and is a valuable resource for anyone who desires to spend time with God daily through the Word and in prayer.
Chris’s second book, LoveWorks: The Key to Making Life Work helps us shift from knowing more to loving more. With powerful real-life examples, he shows that only love covers a multitude of sins, only love never fails, and only love works.
Executive Coach and Consultant
Coaches played a vital role in Chris’s development as a golfer, basketball player, and leader in his formative years. In many respects, Chris identifies with the role of a coach more than his role as a pastor. There’s nothing he loves more than helping others fulfill their divine potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.
Go to the Coaching page on the website to learn more about Chris’s personal and team coaching and consulting for ministry and business clients.
Saving the best for last...
Chris couldn’t be who he is today without his unwavering wife of 25 years. Karin also serves as a leader and communicator at Bethel Cleveland as well as serving as the Executive Director for the Race for Reconciliation (R4R). Please check out this new vision at www.raceforreconciliation.org.
Chris and Karin have two young adults, Mark and Annika. Mark is a junior at the University of Alabama with a double major in Finance and Accounting. You can also check out his nonprofit called Literacy 2 Work at www.literacy2work.org. Annika is a sophomore at Furman University with a double major in Business and Studio Art (Pottery). You can check out her artwork on Instagram @arc_ceramic_shop