Chris Watkins

Board member Chris Watkins has been involved with Search Ministries, Inc. for the past two decades.

As a fifth grader, the Ohio native asked to receive God’s gift of salvation, but it wasn’t until age 29 that he fully committed his life to Christ as he sat on a park bench in Ridgewood, N.J.
During that period Chris learned about Search through his brother’s best friend in high school who then was on the Search staff in Columbus, Ohio.

“He showed me what life discipleship looked like,” Chris says of John Hansel. “From the time the Lord woke me up, Search has been a primary influence in shaping my worldview. All the ‘Search’ DNA is in my blood, as well as my wife’s.”

Chris who attended The Ohio State University is CEO and co-founder of Cornerstone Global Partners. He lived fulltime in China from 2005-2017 and now commutes to China monthly where his business is based.

Chris and wife Tammy, parents of four daughters, reside in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves on the boards of Mission Columbus and Junior Achievement China and his family established China Hope Foundation that focuses on orphan relief in China.