Meet Chris DeRoco

What is your role at Redemption Hill?
Pastor at The Fourhundred, Community Director
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What is your prayer / hope for Redemption Hill?
My big and serious hope is that we would always be brutally honest about our failures and weakness and then increasingly full of joy over how Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection completely makes up for them.  From this, I want Richmonders of any religion, political opinion, sexual orientation, or social group see that only Jesus — not anything that we are, have or achieve — gives real peace and meaning to life.  (I know that was really wordy.) I also hope that would all have a great deal of fun doing this…together.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

He who grows alone, grows weird.

What are your favorite books and movies?

Favorite Books:  Anything by John Piper, John Flavel (the greatest Puritan you have never heard of), or anything that has an introduction written by J.I. Packer.  Some of the most influential books for me have been The Cross, by John Stott, Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton, and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll. Oh yeah, and The Pursuit of God and Knowledge of the Holy and most anything else written by A.W. Tozer.

For the kids, I am really into the Little Pilgrim’s Progress, by Helen Taylor; The Jesus Storybook Bible; and the Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Movies: (first of all, does Robert watch movies?) Here’s the short list: the Lord of the Rings trilogy, 300, Stranger than Fiction, Ground Hog Day, Master and Commander, and the Minority Report. Also, anything playing at the Byrd that Tom makes me watch with him.

What’s playing in your car or on your ipod?
(Wait…does Ray know what an ipod is?) Howie Day’s album Stop all the World Now, all of the Red Mountain Music albums, High School Musical (don’t laugh, I have 5 girls), all kinds of sermons by Tim Keller, Mark Driscoll, and John Piper, the book of Romans, and Remy Zero’s Save Me (it’s MY theme song).

What can you be caught doing on your day off?
Coaching soccer, going on “daddy dates” to all MY favorite coffee shops and bars, running (painfully) on trails by the James River, anything that allows me to righteously avoid yard work, shopping, and house projects (credit henderson).  Reading and looking for someone that can allow me to (righteously) enjoy a vice or two (or three).

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I am not very surprising, so I’ll need four:  I am certified to teach Elementary school (stop laughing), I almost died from Malaria, I once stole a “Deaf Child Area” street sign, and my first job out of college was cleaning bird cages and serving tea to Derek Prince in Jerusalem.

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Chris DeRoco