Please welcome the Reverend J. Christopher “Chris” Torrey. He will serve as Temporary Supply Pastor through May, to act as Moderator of Session and provide leadership for The Presbyterian Church of Wyoming until the Interim Head of Staff is available to join us.
Here’s a little background about Rev. Torrey.
Both of Chris’ parents came from Presbyterian families with deep commitment to serving others. His father’s family served as missionaries to China from 1905-1948. His mother’s father was superintendent of an orphanage in Xenia, Ohio.
His parents met at Maryville College, a Presbyterian school in Tennessee. Chris met his first wife at the College of Wooster, where he majored in mathematics. Sadly, their thirty-year marriage ended in divorce in 2007 and she moved to Maine. Chris has a daughter who lives near Cincinnati raising her two young children, and a son who is a doctor in residency at Case Western University and Rainbow Babies Hospitals in Cleveland.
Chris felt called to ministry while working in Presbyterian summer camps. He went to seminary in Boston and Edinburgh, Scotland, then served churches in suburban Boston, suburban Detroit, San Jose, California, and Lakeside Presbyterian Church in Northern Kentucky.
Chris was called to Lakeside in 1995. A series of self-inflicted wounds there caused significant membership loss and turmoil before that time. In his 22 years as pastor he helped the Session and congregation rebuild the ministry and mission of the church, and significantly renovate the church building. Chris most enjoyed direct involvement in missions, music ministry, and worship leadership at Lakeside. He retired this past June.
Chris and Dawn Butler were married this past December. They enjoy taking walks along the Ohio river, believing they have found every good bench with a view on both the Kentucky and Ohio sides of the river. When Chris retired, they purchased a home in New Richmond, Ohio, with great river views and a lovely park-like setting. While Chris tends the home and property in retirement, Dawn works at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Transitional ministry and conflict resolution have been special interests, especially during his recent term chairing the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery. God brings people together with gifts to further the work of the church. Chris looks forward to his brief time at Wyoming, hoping it will serve the church and God’s people in meaningful ways!