ChangeMakers Podcast: Chris Whitney — One Gen Away and Teaching People To Love One Another Through Service

Episode Summary

Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Chris Whitney, Founder and Director of One Generation Away, who shares his personal story of growing up in the St. Louis, Missouri area with a father who dealt with alcoholism, how he met his wife and found his faith in Christ, how he and his family have dealt with adversities and found healing, and how he and his wife started One Generation Away, an organization that distributes healthy foods to families throughout Middle Tennessee who currently do not have access to food sources due to economic and physical barriers. The organization works with companies, grocery stores and retailers to rescue food and leverages the power of volunteerism to bring their mission to life. During the interview, Chris also talks about dealing with imposter syndrome, where he has found strength, tips for community builders and the power of consistency, and much more.

Episode Notes

Chris and Elaine moved from St Louis, MO to Franklin, TN in 2004 to start a church. Little did they know that in the process of pastoring a church that One Generation Away would be birthed. In 2013 One Generation Away was established and in the first year distributed 400,000 pounds of food from the back of the Whitney’s car. It has now grown to serve over 4.4 million meals to those in need all over Middle Tennessee and in 4 states with disaster relief.

Chris and Elaine have a passion to see churches and organizations come together to serve our neighbors in need.

In November of 2018, Chris stepped down as the pastor of a local church to focus his time with OneGenAway full time. The ministry of OneGen Away has opened many opportunities for Chris and Elaine to serve in the community and beyond.

Chris and Elaine have been married for 34 years and have 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren who all live in Middle Tennessee.

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