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Chris Rivers: Transforming Lives with JUMPSTART SC's Personal Mission Connection

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

JUMPSTART's mission hits home for me because I've walked a similar path. Growing up in what looked like a successful family, I took a wrong turn at 16, diving into a rebellious phase and seeking approval through drugs. Despite my parents' efforts, I ended up on a dangerous road toward potential tragedy.


Thankfully, at 19, I met Steven Merwin from Campus Outreach, and his commitment to Christ helped me confront my sin and brokenness. On December 2nd, 1996, I prayed the sinner's prayer, surrendering my life to Jesus. Unfortunately, the struggle with honesty and the search for approval persisted, leading me to the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. Eventually, I would take it seriously, and with the help of a mentor named Jack O’Connell, I took steps through recovery, sparking a newfound desire to serve the Lord.


I'm blessed with a wonderful family now—Rachel and I married in 2002, and we're raising three amazing kids, 19, 18, and 16. Parenting is my most cherished responsibility, and I'm profoundly grateful for my family.

My professional journey has been diverse, starting in real estate and finance before a pivotal moment in 2009 when my pastor entrusted me with launching an initiative supporting churches in funding their vision. Being a part of the launch of SecureGive marked the beginning of my passion for creating purpose-driven cultures and fostering organizational clarity. In 2010, I joined Newspring Church in Anderson, where I leveraged technology and launched Staff Development to align discipleship objectives.


Later, I created CultureBus—a culture development process that has served various churches and businesses. After starting to consult at Grace Church in Greenville, SC in 2018, I eventually joined the staff as a Ministry Specialist, spearheading objectives for staff and volunteers. Despite the diverse roles, the common thread has always been building momentum around a compelling vision.

Now, as the Director of Strategic Impact at JUMPSTART, I hope to empower others using the gifts and experiences God has blessed me with. I understand the metaphorical shackles of sin and brokenness, having experienced God's relentless pursuit of transformation. Jesus not only rescued me but changed my entire perspective on life. The opportunity to be a Stephen Merwin and a Jack O’Connell, assisting others on a similar journey, is a profound gift for which I am truly grateful. Jumpstart's mission aligns with my story, and I am eager to contribute to transforming lives from the inside out.



Chris Rivers

Director of Strategic Impact

JUMPSTART SC

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