Chris served as the Student Ministries Pastor at Long Beach Alliance Church from 1993-2000, and after serving on the leadership team at Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley in the Bay Area, returned to LBAC in July, 2004 serving these past 15 years as LBAC’s Lead Pastor.
Chris has been married to Melinda for 25 years, and they are parents to two wonderful ladies, Jessalyn (19), and Makayla (16). The Lankford’s are freakishly fanatical fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers (GO BLUE!) and are often “on the go.” Melinda works with the Salvation Army in Long Beach as the Director of their Corps Capital Campaign and Community Programs. Jessalyn attends Simpson University (a Christian & Missionary Alliance University) in Redding, CA. Makayla is completing her Sophomore year at Millikan High School here in Long Beach, and loves playing goalie on the Women’s Water Polo team.
Pastor Chris Lankford completed his undergraduate studies through Biola University in 1992, and completed his M.Div. program with an emphasis in Evangelism & Discipleship from Talbot School of Theology in 2012. Chris has been licensed with the C&MA since 1993, was Ordained in the C&MA in 2002, and serves with the South Pacific District of the C&MA as a coach and mentor for numerous licensing & ordination candidates.