"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers." Ephesians 4:11
Chris Dembeck is a native of Baltimore County and grew up predominantly in the Catonsville area. He currently serves Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church in Halethorpe, Maryland.
Chris attended Mount Saint Joseph High School, joined the Marine Corps after high school, and eventually moved on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Towson University on a Thursday in 2006. On Saturday, two days after graduation, Chris and his wife Laura were married. Chris most recently graduated with honors from Wesley Theological Seminary earning his Masters of Divinity in May 2016 and was ordained in 2021.
Prior to entering into pastoral ministry Chris worked for multiple years as a recruiter who helped companies fill their sales and IT positions in the Baltimore and surrounding markets. He entered pastoral ministry in July 2013 serving on a team of Pastors at West Baltimore United Methodist Church for one year prior to moving on to becoming the Pastor of Orems United Methodist Church in 2014. In July 2018, Chris left Orems and began serving as the Pastor of Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church in Halethorpe, MD.
Chris loves to help people discover how much God loves them. It is not just a mental experience, but he believes that God wants people to know Him. Chris says, “I just want people to experience and come alive to the saving grace of the living God in Jesus Christ.” He feels that his ministerial gifts are preaching, teaching, and simply loving people wherever they are in life and walking with God. He prays that God would keep giving him the grace to help others come to know what their own spiritual gifts are and empowering them to use what they have been given for the good of God’s Kingdom.
Chris and his wife, Laura, have been married for twelve years and have three children: Ava, Sam, and Charlotte. He is a NASCAR fan, an Orioles fan, likes fishing, loves Star Wars, and enjoys drinking a good cup of coffee as often as he can.