Chris Yarco - Lead Executive

Family Info

What role do you play at WCC?
I serve all of our church in senior leadership - providing leadership and oversight to achieve our mission and vision.

How long have you worked at WCC?
I have worked at WCC for 17 years.

What other ministry positions have you held at WCC (or other churches or ministries)?
When we first started at WCC back in 1999, My husband and I served in Kids Ministry with the kindergartners, and we served in set up and tear down at Rosemont Middle School for years.

What's your favorite thing about WCC?
The humility and love of the people who call WCC home. Today we sit on the shoulders of so many people who have faithfully served, loved, cared for and sacrificed to ensure that we are a healthy, safe and welcoming church in our community.

Favorite or influential books, movies, authors, podcasts, etc...
So many that I enjoy and learn from -- but my top two favorite books of all time would be The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

What’s your favorite thing to do on your days off?
We love anything outdoors - walking, hiking, biking and we love anything that involves hosting people for great food, conversation and relationship.

If you could have a superpower for a day, what would it be and why?
To "Twinkle" my nose like Samantha in Bewitched and be transformed for the situation :)

If you could trade lives with any fictional character, who would it be and why?
This is a risk, but I think it would have to be Tony Stark -- he's brilliant, has incredibly fancy toys, and saves the world.

If you could have dinner with any person from history, who would it be and why?
Dallas Willard -- He often told people who were pursuing truth about life that, "If you could find a better way to live, Jesus would be the first one to tell you to take it.” He believed that this realization made it possible “to do honest inquiry in any area [of thought and meet people of different persuasions on the field of common inquiry and not based on assumptions that must be protected at all costs."

Dallas emphasized the importance of intentionally choosing to live your daily life in ways you believe Jesus would live it if he were you. He considered spiritual exercises like prayer, service, study, worship, solitude, and fasting an important means of that intentional decision to grow in Christlikeness through God’s grace. What made his teaching so contagious was his gentle manner and thoughtful invitation to take small steps with God that quietly and certainly lead to transforming us into the likeness of Jesus Christ.

Favorite Bible verse and why?
Philippians 2:1-11 2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

If you could have a personal assistant for any aspect of your life, what would you choose? (e.g., cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.)

What's the funniest nickname you've ever been given, and how did you earn it?
Cricky - a term of endearment my older sister called me from birth on