MUSIC - WORSHIP/TECH - EDUCATION

ABOUT ME

The brief introduction of myself

For over 21 years, I have served as a musician, worship/tech director, and educator. My passion is combining music, multi-media, and modern technology to create experiences that bring life, learning, and community to others. I’m a skilled musician and a creative artist with strong organizational and communication skills.

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MY SKILLS

95
MUSIC

Perform / Write / Arrange...

95
WORSHIP

Create / Connect / Lead...

95
TECHNOLOGY

Audio / Visual / Production...

90
EDUCATION

Teach / Public / Private...

90
LEADERSHIP

Follow / Lead / Collaborate...

99
PERSEVERANCE

Experienced / Tested / Reliable...

MY HISTORY

Bio / Work Experience

Chris was born and raised in the Midwest, near Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He grew up in a musical family and regularly served in music ministry at his local church in Grabill, Indiana known as Grabill Missionary Church.

After completing high school, Chris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Afterwards, Chris invested a year performing at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia and around New Orleans, Louisiana.

Chris returned to Indiana a year later and he entered the graduate music program at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Chris completed his course work and was hired to lead the worship ministry at Community of Hopea church plant near West Palm Beach, Florida. Community of Hope grew from just 30 people to 800 people in attendance during this time.

In 2001, Chris married Melinda (Mindy) Ann Hymer, a Florida native from Palm Beach County. The couple celebrated the birth of their first child, Landon Myles, in May of 2006, and the birth of their second child, Jeni Ann Marie, in September of 2008.

In 2010, Chris and his family attended Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a church which attracts nearly 20,000 people weekly. Chris served at multiple campuses as a keyboardist in the worship band and led worship for Celebrate Recovery.

In August 2010, Chris accepted a position at South Park Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. South Park Church serves over 1000 people weekly in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Chris served as the Director of Worship and Creative Arts leading all aspects of worship, music, media, communications and first impressions ministries.

In 2013, Chris and his family continued serving in ministry, but felt the call to return to Florida. God led Chris and his family to Central Florida and he began serving at Heartcry Chapel, a small church in Kissimmee, Florida. Currently, Chris directs all leader and volunteer development in the worship ministry, instrumental and vocal music, creative arts and technology.

In 2014, Chris began teaching music as a long-term substitute in the Osceola County School District. In 2015, Chris obtained a Temporary Teaching Certificate and began working full-time as an Elementary Music Teacher for Charter Schools USA in Kissimmee, Florida. In 2018, Chris completed the Teacher's Certification program at Valencia College in Kissimmee, Florida and received his Professional Teaching License from the State of Florida. In May 2019, Chris completed his work for P.M. Wells Charter Academy and is seeking new employment opportunities.

Currently, Chris continues to serve in ministry at Heartcry Chapel. His wife works full-time for an international plastics corporation and their family enjoys spending time at theme parks, watching/playing sports and visiting central Florida attractions.

work experience

my professional background

May
2019
August
2015
Charter Schools USA
Elementary Music Teacher
Elementary Music Teacher

P.M. Wells Charter Academy (K-8) is a part of the nationwide family of CSUSA schools. Great achievements have taken place at my school during my tenure. I was an active part of the team who helped transform PMWCA from a "D" school to an award-winning "A" school. I use the latest technology and multi-media to make learning music an engaging experience....

NOW
July
2013
Heartcry Chapel
Worship Arts Director
Worship Arts Director

Heartcry Chapel is a small church that serves Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, and Harmony, Florida. I was instrumental in helping Heartcry navigate through a difficult transition and grow from 100 people to almost 400 people. During this time, we also transitioned from a rental space and purchased our permanent home. I lead all aspects of the Worship Arts Ministry....

NOW
July
2013
ChrisClifton.US
Music Instruction and Production
Music Instruction and Production

In 2018, I produced two albums of loop-based music from student composers. In 2016, I wrote, recorded, and produced a song to celebrate the end of the school year. All projects have been released on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and many other music channels. I continue to teach my own children privately, but have focused on Public Education....

December
2012
August
2010
South Park Church
Director of Worship and Creative Arts
Director of Worship and Creative Arts

South Park Church is located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has a weekly attendance of around 1000 people. I directed all aspects of the music, creative arts, and technical ministries. I developed an infrastructure of leaders and volunteers to relaunch and expand a variety of ministry programs including a Communications and First Impressions Ministry....

December
2009
March
1997
Community of Hope
Executive Director of Worship
Executive Director of Worship

Community of Hope is a church located in the suburbs of West Palm Beach. Experience was gained here through planting a church from the ground floor by building teams, raising leaders, and coordinating all aspects of the worship, creative arts, and print/visual media ministries. The church grew from 30 to 800 people during the time of my tenure and now has an attendance of around 2000 people with two campuses....

EDUCATION

MY EDUCATION

June
2018
June
2017
Valencia College
Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)
Valencia College

Over 3 years, I earned my Professional Educator's License from Valencia College as part of the Teacher Certification program. In addition to coursework, I successfully passed the General Knowledge Test, Professional Education Test, and the Music K-12 Subject Area Examination. The program included a semester of student teaching. I graduated with a 4.0  GPA....

February
1997
August
1994
Ball State University
Master of Music
A focus in Music Theory and Composition

I earned my Master's of Music degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I studied music theory and composition with Dr. David Foley. In addition, I studied jazz piano with Frank Puzzullo and performed in jazz bands and combos. In 1997, I moved to South Florida and completed my final composition and requirements. I graduated from Ball State University in July of 2001 with a 3.8 GPA....

May
1993
August
1989
Anderson University
Bachelor of Arts
A Focus in Piano Performance and Music Technology

I earned my Bachelor of Arts at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and graduated with a 3.7 GPA. I studied piano with Dr. Reginald Rodgers and began my studies in music theory, songwriting, music technology, music history and vocal performance. While at Anderson University, I performed in chapel, campus events, and local opportunities. I performed with the Male Chorus as a vocalist and a piano accompanist. We performed and toured in the United States and in Europe....

CONTACT ME

GET IN TOUCH

Kissimmee, Florida
United States

info@chrisclifton.us