Chris Cipollone (M. Div, Australian College of Theology) has served as a pastor and minister at St Matthew's West Pymble in Sydney, Australia since 2012. He is a speaker and author of Down Not Out: Depression, Anxiety and the Difference Jesus Makes' which explores how an identity in Christ impacts our thoughts, feelings and attitudes towards mental health. Links for purchase are available on this site.
He is a former teacher and lecturer who holds degrees in education, journalism, business and theology. Chris has been married to his wife Lara for over 10 years and has 4 young children.
Through his own experience of depression and anxiety, it became clear that his Christian faith needed to influence how he processed the pain that came with mental illness. It was in the depth of despair that the light of the good news of Jesus shone through. God is gracious, and Chris considers it a privilege to be able to share all that he has learned with others.
Jesus changes more than what we do. He changes who we are. No longer are we defined by our weaknesses or shortcomings. We are now defined by his loving mercy.