Chris loves the word of God and teaching it to others in exciting and life giving ways. Chris’ burning passion is to know God more, to hear His voice clearly, and to help others discover more about God’s love for them.
Chris has served the Body of Christ in various roles for over sixteen years and is an ordained minister. Chris and his wife Jennifer have a great love for the local church. Together, they were the Senior Pastors of Hopegen Church, helped plant a church in the inner city suburb of Elwood, and have served in a variety of church leadership and management roles.
Previously, Chris was the marketing and fundraising director at Melbourne School of Theology MST, and lectured in preaching and leadership at Harvest Bible College. Currently, Chris works fulltime for The Salvation Army writing sermons for Churches across Australia.
Chris has a great passion for helping Pastors and Churches excel in their ministries. Chris is currently studying an MBA and an MA (Ministry) in order to better support pastors and leaders accomplish all their dreams God has laid before them.
Chris is married to Jennifer and together they have two beautiful daughters, Isabellah and Samantha. They live in Melbourne.
If you are interested in having Chris speak at your Church, please contact us.
What others are saying about Chris’ ministry:
“Chris Trodden has been a huge blessing to our church and a great ministry partner. While some have the goal of fulfilling their calling through ministry in your church, Chris is consumed by hearing what God is saying to the churches he visits and does all he can to enhance, support and promote that. It may only be a slightly change in focus but makes all the difference. He teaching gift is excellent and his prophetic edge is sharp. I highly recommend him and his ministry to anyone considering inviting him to speak.” Drew Gormlie, Senior Minister – Life! Central, Director Chaplaincy Australia – Victoria and Tasmania
“We recently had our Activate Church Intern retreat in which we were privileged to have Chris Trodden from DMM attend and lead both teaching and ministry on the ‘Five Fold Ministry gifts’. There is no other way to describe this weekend away than totally amazing! Not only did Chris display an extremely strong theological and practical understanding on these ministry giftings but the manner in which he delivered, personally related to and prophetically spoke into each person present for that teaching was clearly Holy Spirit led and inspired. I have had opportunity to speak with each Intern regarding this weekend and all agree that this time of teaching and ministry led by Chris was life changing for them in greater establishing their personal calling and relationship with God. It was an absolute honour to be under Chris’ teaching and can’t wait to have him back again. ” Jay Lomer, Activate Intern Co-ordinator
“Chris’s Trodden is a passionate and creative communicator of God’s Word. He has an ability to challenge people to experience renewal in their relationship to God in a winsome and engaging manner. He is gifted leader that operates with both enthusiasm and integrity and will be a blessing to your church or ministry. ” Dr Angelo Cettolin, Lead Pastor Reach 21 Church, Port Melbourne
“I have known Chris in his capacity as a fellow faculty member in a Bible College setting and I have preached in the local church which both he and Jen were the pastors. I have found Chris to be very capable and godly person open to the leading of the Spirit of God in the roles that he filled.” Ps Michael Podhaczky, Associate Pastor, Peninsula City Church
“I worked with Chris over several years at Melbourne School of Theology. He has wide-ranging gifts, including the important combination of being able to both conceive a vision and to carry it through to implementation. Underpinning his many talents is a great sense of integrity and a very likeable personality. He will do great things for the Kingdom.” Peter Riddell, Vice Principal Academic, Melbourne School of Theology
“I have known Chris Trodden for a number of years. He is passionate about serving God with all his heart and empowering people to grow in their faith. I highly recommend him as a man of integrity and faith. He would be a blessing to any Church he chooses to minister in.” Lorri Kruithoff, Senior Pastor, Freedom Christian Church
“Chris Trodden is a gifted communicator and teacher with great insight into Gods word. Chris has a sharp mind and possesses the ability to frame theology in a compelling and practical way. I have known Chris for over 10 years and have personally witnessed his love for Jesus and people be expressed in every season. He is a valuable friend and ministry partner!” Ben Fagerland, Senior Pastor, Activate Church