Senior Director, Center for Leadership and Church Development
As the senior director of the Center for Leadership and Church Development, Dr. Chris Railey is focused on uniting the efforts of the multiple AG departments and ministry layers that contribute to resourcing ministers, church planting, and leadership groups across the Assemblies of God. This includes areas such as Church Multiplication Network, Hispanic Relations, Ethnic Fellowships, AG Coaching, Women in Ministry, Center for Holy Lands Studies, Alliance for Higher Education, as well as Influence Magazine and Roundtable events.
"We have made it a priority to ensure that all ministry resourcing activities flowing from the national office meet the needs of our ministers and laypeople of all ages, ethnicities, church districts, and the broader Pentecostal and Christian communities," states Dr. George O. Wood, AG general superintendent. "To that end, we've been working to strategically unite the vision and voice of the Assemblies of God."
Railey comes to the NLRC with a rich AG heritage and proven experience in church leadership. A graduate of Evangel University and AG Theological Seminary, he joined the staff of The Oaks Fellowship in Red Oak, Texas (about 20 miles south of Dallas), and was responsible for transitioning The Oaks Masters Commission to The Oaks School of Leadership.
At the recommendation of Railey's pastor, Scott Wilson, the North Texas District appointed Railey as pastor of New Community Church in Mesquite, Texas (about 14 miles east of Dallas), a church The Oaks helped parent. Under his leadership, the church grew 600 percent to 600 people in three years.
"It's a principle of leadership selection that past performance is a good indicator of future performance," Wood says. "Chris has demonstrated solid pastoral and people skills. He understands the Assemblies of God and is passionate about church planting and church revitalization as well as the other areas within his portfolio of responsibility."
Chris graduated from Evangel University with a BA in Biblical Studies, and went on to receive his MA in Counseling and MDIV from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Chris received his D. Min in Organizational Leadership from AGTS.
Railey and his wife, Cara, have three boys — Cannon, Cooper and Caleb