Chris Thompson is a religion scholar who has been visiting Anchorage and other local area churches for over 15 years. He primarily visits Christian churches but does visit, and write about other faith traditions. In 2008 he began blogging these visits on an ADN blog – Church Visits. In January 2014 he began writing a weekly column – Church Visits, which is published online and in Saturday’s newspaper. On request, Chris also serves as a mystery church visitor consultant for churches looking to improve their public perception.
When Chris visits Christian churches, generally as a typical guest, he looks for four things.
- A friendly greeting
- Genuine Christian hospitality
- Well-delivered biblical based sermons
- Music that enriches, not just to entertain
His columns are in chronological order on this ADN section. Chris mirrors these columns on his website churchvisits.com, which also contains blogged material no longer available at ADN. His Twitter followers receive tweets of each column as it’s published, and occasional live notices of where he is visiting a particular congregation. Follow his Twitter feeds at twitter.com/churchvisits. Chris may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.