Rev. Christopher Palmer
Lake Fellow

Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry

(317) 253-6461  | CPalmer@SecondChurch.org

As a Lake Fellow in Parish Ministry, Chris is both a pastor to and student of ordained ministry at Second Presbyterian Church. Over a two-year course, he works closely with the pastoral care and mission teams, providing guidance and theological perspective, all the while listening attentively for where the Spirit will lead his future ministry. Chris is a skilled theological educator, a faithful listener, an enthusiastic preacher, and an aspiring musician. He is passionate about the intersection of church and culture, believing that the gospel challenges many of our entrenched 21st century assumptions. Chris builds his ministry on the belief that spiritual disciplines and spiritual formation are God’s way of equipping Christians for the transformation of larger social, civic, and political institutions.

Chris is passionate about education. He graduated from the University of St Andrews (M.A. Hons., Philosophy & Theology) and Princeton Theological Seminary. However, his wife Katherine, a Texan and theologian, is his most gifted and influential teacher. Also a graduate of Princeton, her work focuses on Christian conceptions of beauty that rearrange how the believer perceives the poor and the powerless in our society. They were married in June of 2019. Together, they can often be found wandering around an art museum, partaking in some authentic Mexican cuisine, or walking their dog, Jed, on the Monon.

Outside of his life at Second, Chris is enlived by ultimate frisbee, the Philadelphia Eagles, vinyl, poetry, and cooking for friends and loved ones.

Book recommendations: Thinking of Others: On the Talent for Metaphor (Ted Cohen), A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines), New and Collected Poems, 1952-1992 (Geoffrey Hill), and The Complete Stories (Flannery O’Connor).