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Chris Lahr

Academic Director/Recruiter, Mission Year

Adjunct Professor, Urban Studies Department


Chris moved to Philadelphia with his family in 2000 to be a part of the Simple Way community. He has been married for 14 years (to Lara); the couple has three beautiful daughters (Alexa, Moriah, and India) and a boy dog (Oskar).

Currently Chris and Lara are part of the community care team for the Simple Way. Says Chris, "It is our desire to fan the flames of love that take place in the community. We also attend a little congregation called Iglesia del Barrio (“Church in the Neighborhood”) where I work with the youth as well as with the congregation at large."

For the past few years Chris has coached a flag football team for the church. The flag football league is actually becoming a project of the Simple Way, an exciting development as the league has become an excuse for several local congregations to work together to mentor and empower youth, giving Chris the opportunity to connect with numerous people in the area.


Chris also works with Mission Year (MY, www.missionyear.org). Through MY people, he has the opporunity to live in community in several different cities in America. He serves as MY's academic director. Participants in MY are able to get academic credit while doing MY; Chris helps facilitate the learning in the course “Theology of Poverty.” He is also a recruiter, which calls him to do everything from hanging out at festivals and mission fairs to traveling with his buddy Shane Claiborne to speaking to various groups. My allows Chris to be creative and to bring folks together.

Learn more at: http://www.missionyear.org/blog/chrislahr/

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