MUSIC - WORSHIP/TECH - EDUCATION

ABOUT ME

The brief introduction of myself

I have invested my life 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...

93
WORSHIP

Create / Connect / Lead...

95
TECHNOLOGY

Audio / Visual / Production...

93
EDUCATION

Teach / Public / Private...

93
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 performing in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.

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. Currently, COH serves thousands of people through multiple campuses in Palm Beach County.

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 in Palm Beach County with many campuses and over 40,000 in attendance. 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. While in Chicago, Chris regularly participated in the life of Willow Creek Community Church and played acoustic guitar with a group for "Dadfest" and led worship in Promiseland Children's Ministry at Willow. In addition, he built relationships with staff members and attended conferences focused on worship arts, technical ministries and leadership.

In 2013, Chris and his family continued serving in ministry in the suburbs of Chicago and then returned to Florida. God led Chris and his family to Central Florida and he began serving at Heartcry Chapel, a small church in Kissimmee, Florida. Chris directed all leader and volunteer development in the worship ministry, instrumental and vocal music, creative arts and technology. Chris was a part of the team that helped transition Heartcry Chapel to its current permanent home in Saint Cloud, Florida. Chris completed his time at Heartcry Chapel in August of 2020.

During this time, Chris began teaching music as a long-term substitute teacher in the Osceola County School District. In 2015, Chris obtained a Temporary Teaching Certificate and began working as a full-time 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 2021, Chris completed his time as a K-8 Music Teacher and Intervention Specialist at BridgePrep Academy of Orange Charter School in Orlando, Florida.

In July 2021, Chris began teaching music with National Academic Educational Partners, Inc. at his former school, P.M. Wells Charter Academy, which is now under new management. He teaches elementary music, tutors students in the after-school program 21st Century, supports middle school students, and serves as support staff and the D.J. for all school events throughout the year.

In addition to teaching and tutoring, Chris serves as a musical director and keyboardist at the campuses of Discovery Church and Real Life Church throughout central Florida.

His wife works full-time for an international plastics corporation and their family enjoys spending time at central Florida attractions, watching/playing sports, traveling, and exploring the state of Florida.

work experience

my professional background

PRESENT
July
2022
Real Life Church
Musical Director and Keyboardist
Musical Director and Keyboardist

Chris gives direction to the musicians in the band, as well as, play keyboards for the band at Real Life Church. Chris also runs the click and sequence during worship services. This church has multiple campuses and serves thousands of people weekly in person and online throughout central Florida and beyond....

PRESENT
July
2021
Discovery Church
Musical Director and Keyboardist
Musical Director and Keyboardist

Chris gives direction to the musicians in the band, as well as, play keyboards for the band at Discovery Church. This church has multiple campuses and serves thousands of people weekly in person and online throughout central Florida and beyond....

PRESENT
July
2021
National Academic Educational Partners, Inc.
ELEMENTARY MUSIC TEACHER
MUSIC TEACHER AND TUTOR

Chris teaches music with National Academic Educational Partners, Inc. at his former school, P.M. Wells Charter Academy, which is now under new management. Students learn how to play instruments, sing, perform, and students also learn how to create and write music using various modern technologies. Throughout the school year, students perform in a variety of multi-cultural and special holiday events. In December 2021, Chris released his first original Christmas song performed by PMWCA students and teachers. In addition, Chris regularly tutors students in both math and ELA during after school programs....

May
2021
AUGUST
2019
BRIDGEPREP ACADEMY
K-8 MUSIC TEACHER / INTERVENTION SPECIALIST
MUSIC TEACHER & INTERVENTION SPECIALIST

Chris employed the music curriculum from Quaver Music for grades K-5. In addition, Chris also created original music curriculum for grades 6-8 that focused on literacy and writing through evaluating song lyrics. In May 2021, Chris published an album of instrumental student music. Students learned how to play instruments, sing, perform, and how to create and write music. Throughout the school year, students performed in a variety of multi-cultural and special holiday events. In addition to music, Chris served as an Intervention Specialist who led small groups of students in grades 3-8 who needed specialized help with ELA learning goals....

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

Chris served 4 years with CSUSA at P.M. Wells Charter Academy teaching K-5 elementary music. Great achievements took place at the school during my tenure. Chris was an active part of the team who helped transform PMWCA from a "D" school to an award-winning "A" school. Chris also produced and published a single and two albums of student musical compositions during his time at PMWCA and developed a variety of opportunities for students to perform music....

August
2020
July
2013
Heartcry Chapel
Worship Arts Director
Worship Arts Director

Heartcry Chapel is a small church that serves Kissimmee, Saint Cloud, and Harmony, Florida. Chris was instrumental in helping Heartcry navigate through a difficult transition and grow from 100 to almost 400 people. During this time, we transitioned from a rental space and purchased our permanent home. Chris led all aspects of the Music and Tech Departments and developed a growing volunteer ministry....

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

Chris actively writes, records, and produces albums of student music and personal work. In addition, he regularly teaches music, audio/visual technology, and production techniques to students of all ages. You can find his projects on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, SoundCloud and a variety of music and video production websites....

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 thousands of people with four 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