In the summer of 2014, the Gathering Church sent Chris and Rachel Breslin along with a core team to plant a church in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham. Chris has long had a passion for Durham, and the call and opportunity from the Lord to continue work at the former Lakewood Baptist Church building was just too interesting and enticing, not to answer.
Oak Church launched on October 26, 2014 after a huge neighborhood block party and pig pickin’. The church gets its name from Isaiah 61: “Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His Splendor,” and strives to be a community of “hope, healing, and hospitality in and through Christ.”
Chris is the proud husband to Rachel, dad and jungle gym to Noa June (2011) & Titus Eliot (2013), and Emett Ruth (2015). We’re in the process of adopting a child domestically (hear our burgeoning adoption story and keep up with our progress here). A native Floridian, Chris moved to Durham in 2006. He later graduated in 2011 from Duke Divinity School with an MDiv. He irregularly contributes to the blog Hopeful Realism. He doesn’t so much enjoy writing, as having written, and he’s written for online publications like Christianity Today, Missio Alliance, Relevant Magazine, Transpositions, & the Blue Indian. He is also the creative director and shipping assistant for Rach’s thriving cottage-industrial venture, Bullpin Apparel. He is on the oversight board of Culture Care RDU. He enjoys reading and learning about intersections between theology and the arts, tending his small flock of chickens named after pop divas, adding to his vinyl music collection, following FSU football, Bulls baseball, and Duke hoops. Some of his favorite authors are N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, T.S. Eliot, Christian Wiman, and Wendell Berry.