A Massachusetts native and decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, Kris served the nation on numerous global assignments, attaining the rank of Colonel in a distinguished military career that spanned the Vietnam conflict and the first Gulf War.
A fighter pilot in both the F-4 “Phantom” and F-15 “Eagle” aircraft, Kris is a veteran of 100 combat missions over North Vietnam and one of the very few pilots in the world to have survived a supersonic ejection. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters.
Kris is a graduate of Worcester Academy and received a congressional appointment to the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and taught engineering calculus at the Air Force Academy. Following his military career, he graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton and served as a pastor in his hometown of North Reading, Massachusetts at Trinity Evangelical Church before joining MFI.
Kris and his wife, Lura, also a native of North Reading, Massachusetts, have four married children and ten grandchildren. They are frequently featured as motivational speakers concerning their ministry travels to Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as their involvement with key social issues affecting the Commonwealth and the nation.