Kris Hunter 

Kris was born and raised in Gillette, WY—1 of 6 boys in his family. He was active in football, soccer, and youth group during his high school years. He decided to pursue college football, playing one year at the University of Wyoming. He took a little detour and attended the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs. It was during this time that his passion for working with today’s youth was fueled. He decided to transfer to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota, where he continued playing football and received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. It was in Jamestown where he also met his wife Heidi, who had also transferred there to complete her bachelor’s in nursing. Following graduation, Kris worked as a correctional officer at the state prison for a short time before working as the Ministry Director for Youth for Christ and Youth Pastor at their local church. During this time, God helped equip Kris for reaching youth with the Gospel, a calling that he had always felt in his heart he would someday have. After 3 years of marriage, Heidi and Kris found out they were expecting their first child, so they decided to take a leap of faith and move back to Gillette to be closer to family. They now have three beautiful children Sydney, Sawyer, and Kamdyn. Kris currently works as a School Resource Officer for Gillette Police Department along with being the Youth Pastor for Journey Church. Heidi is a RN for Campbell County School District. In their spare time they enjoy being outdoors, working out, doing house projects, and spending time with family and friends. Kris feels honored to be the Youth Pastor for Journey Church RISE.
The mission of Journey Youth is to provide students with a safe place to grow in Christ and create authentic relationships with other students. The name RISE comes from Romans 12:2, where it says to rise up to God’s standards and not to be conformed to this world. Each week, the youth will dig into God’s Word and learn how it applies to the challenges they face in today’s culture. The students are given time to fellowship with their peers through games, snacks, or other outside planned events. Ages encouraged to attend are 6th grade-12th grade. Please come and bring your friends!