Chris joined Wycliffe in 2005 after visiting some friends who were working for Wycliffe in Cameroon. While there, he saw how naturally the local Kwasio people connected with one another in their mother tongue, but how much disconnect there was for people in church when the Bible was read in French, one of the country’s official languages. There was no Bible available in the Kwasio language, so Chris knew he had to get involved.
President Bob Creson invited him to serve as a Special Assistant to the President, serving many Wycliffe investors across the United States. He worked in that role for two years before becoming Chief of Staff and leading the President’s support team.
In 2009, Chris and his wife, Christie, moved to Nigeria. There, Chris served as Operations Director for SIL Nigeria, a Wycliffe strategic partner organization. In that role he oversaw finance, security, communications, information technology and human resources.
In 2014, the Winklers moved back to Orlando and Chris began his role as Vice President for Advancement. Today Chris oversees Wycliffe’s strategies for connecting U.S. financial partners with the Bible translation movement worldwide, and helping those partners realize the impact of their gifts.
Chris and Christie have three young children — Judah, Jovelle, and Josiah — whom they homeschool.
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