Chris Bounds is Scholar in Residence/Professor of Theology/Gardner Professor for the Promotion of Holiness at Asbury University. He came to Asbury after teaching for more than a decade in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an Ordained Elder in The Arkansas Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he served as an associate and senior pastor for eight years.
Chris received his B. A. degree in Bible with a minor in Greek from Asbury University in 1988. He earned his M. Div. degree in 1991 from Asbury Theological Seminary with an emphasis in theological studies. He was awarded his M. Phil. in 1994 and Ph. D. in 1997 from Drew University with a focus in systematic theology.
He has published articles in popular and scholarly venues, including Aldersgate Papers: Theological Journal of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research; Asbury Theological Journal; Catalyst: Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians; East-West Church and Ministry Report; Expository Times; Good News Magazine; Religious Studies Review; Studia Patristica; Wesleyan Life: The Magazine of the Wesleyan Church; The Wesleyan Theological Journal; and Wesley and Methodist Studies.
He has also contributed chapters or articles to popular and academic books, including Creation Care: Christian Voices on God, Humanity, and the Environment; Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture; Encyclopedia of Christian Education; Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States; Leadership the Wesleyan Way; Recovering the Wesleyan Social Witness; ReThinking Wesleyan Theology; Straight Talk; Scholars Coming to Faith; and Treasure the Word: A Layperson’s Guide to Interpreting Scripture.
Chris has also co-authored three books: Holiness: The Power to Transform You, Your Church, and Your World with Jim Garlow, Christy Lipscomb, and Joann Lyon; Selecting Worship Songs: A Guide for Leaders with Constance Cherry and Mary Brown; and Unholiness: Overcoming the Forces that Attack Your Soul with Jim Lo.
He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of One Mission Society (OMS) and The Francis Asbury Society. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for Good News: A Forum for Scriptural Christianity in The United Methodist Church and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.
Chris' passion is to equip the next generation of leaders in the church with the full Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world.
He and his wife Tamara have two children, a daughter – Maris and a son – Morgan.