Hello, friend. Thank you for stopping by! I’m Chris McKinney, the founder of Called Writers Christian Publishing. I thought it would be helpful to explain a little more about my background. I didn’t realize that writing was God’s primary calling on my life until I was 38 years old. I would love to have discovered this much earlier. Instead, I traveled down a unique path that saw me obtain Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Finance, a CFA Charter, and a thriving investment management career before becoming a freelance writer, editor, author, and publisher. It was a long and winding path, but I’ll do my best to explain it briefly.
After graduating college, I worked as an Equity Trader, a Research Analyst, and finally as a Sr. Research Analyst for the Wealth Management Group of a top-30 US bank. Later, I was hired as a Sr. Investment Risk Analyst for a Fortune 150 insurance company. During that time my writing got some attention. I didn’t think it was significant back then, but I wrote a lot of research reports and got a lot of great feedback from executives and other professionals. I was sometimes asked to edit other people’s reports and some of my writing even ended up in annual company reports.
Through a series of divine interventions, God led me out of my corporate career and into an entrepreneurial role. Using a pseudonym designed to promote a business I was running, I wrote quite a few finance-related articles starting in 2013. Many of those were published and syndicated by top investing websites like Yahoo! Finance and Nasdaq.com. I also wrote faith-based material that was published by sites like FaithDrivenBusiness.com and Crosswalk.com. When I look back now, I can see how God always had His hand on me, guiding me to where I am today.
I’ve now written and edited for a few different ministries, including the Foundry Ministries and Church of the Highlands. Back in 2013, I started a newsletter for the Foundry, writing for it and serving as its editor. In the more recent past, I wrote some discussion guides for Church of the Highlands that were published on the church website. Now I serve as the team leader in that area, editing the discussion guides for other writers before passing them on to Small Groups and Creative Team Directors. I have written and continue to write for various Christian magazines and publications, such as GODSPEED Magazine and Engage Magazine (a media ministry of AFA/AFR). I had one full-time ministry writing job before I set out on a path toward publishing. I published my first book in early 2018 and am now operating a publishing company to help other authors bring their material to market.
I’m wildly passionate about writing, editing, and publishing. Those things are a ministry and a calling for me, but they are also a business. My goal is always to maximize the impact of any writing I’m involved with. That means I have to get the writing in front of the people who can benefit from it. And that means producing and presenting it with excellence so that it will be commercially successful. So, I do everything possible to pursue excellence, and I ask for God’s blessing and anointing on everything I touch.
I am married to the most amazing woman in the world, and we have three awesome boys! I go to a wonderful, life-giving church: Church of the Highlands. I’m currently in a ministry training program there. I lead small groups, serve on various teams, and try my best not to mess anything up. Feel free to contact me if there’s anything else you would like to know!
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