CHRIS SMALL, M.A., resides in Greeneville, Tennessee. He has a degree in Religion and six years of pastoral service in the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Chris also has a graduate degree in Communication, with an emphasis in Interpretation and Performance Studies. He created the university-level course “Drama in Religion and Religious Ritual,” and taught both it and other communication courses in several Michigan colleges.
He has presented papers and workshops integrating faith and performance to academic, church, and professional audiences. He has provided public speaking and consulting to churches, including church visioning, equipping for spiritual gifts, and evangelism planning. In the public sector, keynotes and consultations have included “Tell, Compel, Propel: Story in Management” and “Free Your Effectiveness” featuring the Benziger Breakthrough® and Benziger Thinking Styles Assessment.
In 2003, Chris founded The Lincoln Project®, a company dedicated to “Bringing Abraham Lincoln to Life” via living historiography and other means. Through this company Chris wrote, produced, and portrayed the sixteenth President in two films during the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. He recently wrote and published a children’s book about Lincoln and living history. He was also recognized as the “Best Lincoln of 2010” by the Association of Lincoln Presenters, for whom he was the National Chair of the 2011 Annual National Convention and there voted Vice President of the organization. Clients of Chris Small’s The Lincoln Project have included the National Park Service, the United States Post Office, the East Tennessee Historical Society, churches and schools throughout the country, and many others.
In addition to his work in film, Chris is a fine art photographer. His work work may be found in the James-Ben Gallery, private collections, commercial installations, and online at Chris Small Photography. His most recent solo gallery show was the 2012 “GREENEVILLE: A PHOTOGRAPHIC POEM.”