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Teaching Experience

  • Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
    • School of Christian Ministry online course (Fall 2009) Responding to congregational conflict
    • Provided workshops and seminars on constructive conflict managment
  • Workshops for various organizations and groups
    • Emotional Intelligence and ChaplaincyContinuing education event sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Texas Chaplaincy Relations Department (2009)
    • Improving Ministry Leadership Through Emotional IntelligencePastors' Conference held at Redwood Glen Conference Center, Loma Mar, California (2008)
    • Improving Leadership Through Emotional IntelligenceWorkshop introducing concepts of emotional intelligence at the national General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (2008)
    • Constructive Responses to ConflictWorkshop on managing conflict in congregational life presented at the national General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (2007)
    • Making the Main Thing the Main ThingWorkshop on strategic planning presented at the national General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (2006)
  • Church Consultant and Facilitator Training. Designed and led a two-part, week long training event  for individuals interested in working as church consultants
    • Winston-Salem, NC (October 2009)
    • Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Richmond, VA, (June 2008)
    • Zephyr Point Conference Center, Zephyr Cove, NV (October 2008)
    • Thomasville, NC (October 2007)
  • Young Leaders, a multi-faceted, four-part, residential leadership development program designed for ministers at the beginning of their ministry career (NC, 2005-2008)
  • Convergence, a multi-faceted, four-part, residential leadership development program designed for ministers at the beginning of their ministry career provided for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
    • Texas, 2007
    • Georgia, 2006
    • Missouri, 2006


I enjoy helping individuals and organizations respond creatively and compassionately to challenges. My unique strength is in helping clients appropriately combine both the head (critical thinking) and the heart (emotional intelligence) for effective leadership and decision making.I am a consultant, coach and shadow consultant to other consultants. I have extensive experience in working with faith communities and non-profits, but also work with educational institutions and businesses. My experience includes helping organizations respond constructively to conflict, improving leadership and team collaboration, staff development, visioning, strategic planning, and oblique problem solving.

Memberships and Affiliations


Bart Hubbard

Chris educated our office on what a personality really is, and how it affects your life.  He led us through the research findings and misconceptions, and then walked us through the results to the assessments we had completed.  His warm demeanor and wealth of knowledge put everyone at ease, and we had great fun learning about ourselves and our coworkers.  A year later, coworkers still refer to what we learned that day.

Elizabeth Bordeaux

Chris is an intuitive consultant with a rich knowledge of emotional intelligence, strategic thinking, and congregational functioning. He is an excellent instructor and facilitator, leading groups through processes of visioning and problem solving that bring positive, visionary results. Chris has a special talent for connecting with people and walking with them through a journey of change.

Writing and Publications

Gambill, Christopher R. (2008). Emotional intelligence and conflict management style among Christian clergy. Ph.D. dissertation, Capella University, United States -- Minnesota. Retrieved December 8, 2008, from Dissertations & Theses: Full Text database. (Publication No. AAT 3290945).

Gambill, C. R. (2006). Asking the big questions. The Lamp, 2(2), Center for Congregational Health, Winston-Salem, NC.

Gambill, C. R. (2003). Conflict and congregations. The Lamp, 2(2), Center for Congregational Health, Winston-Salem, NC.

Gambill, C. R., & Lineberger. M. (2009, Fall). Emotional intelligence and effective conflict management. Congregations.

Achievements and Awards

Eagle Scout

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society

Mortarboard National Honor Society


Leadership Coaching
  Provide confidential, one-on-one professional coaching tailored to the client's specific needs and goals. Focused on helping the client enhance their existing skills, resources, and creativity in a safe but challenging environment. Coaching focuses on: Providing an outside perspective on challenging issues Increasing the effectiveness of job performance Enhancing quality of life Achieving goals Bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to be Clarifying a vision of success Exploring possibilities and  determining next steps    
Designing decision making and discernment processes
Utilize organic, participatory methods for group decision making and discernment Create tailored approaches to addressing complex, salient issues Experienced in working with diverse groups of all sizes and contexts Utilize dialogical approaches to encourage constructive discussion and feedback Provide structured approaches to create safe places to discuss difficult issues
Conflict Management
Experience in administering and interpreting the Thomas Kilmann Inventory (TKI) (conflict management style assessment instrument) Extensive experience assisting organizations in constructively managing conflict in the larger organizations, within teams and among individuals
Personality assessment using the Five Factor Model
The Five Factor Model of personality (the "Big Five") is now considered the best model available for understanding human personality Five Factor assessment is an entirely positive, appreciative approach to helping individuals and groups understand the impact of personality on relationships, work style, teamwork, and many other aspects of everyday behavior Preferred assessment instrument is the WorkPlace Big Five, a premier Big Five assessment instrument developed by the Center for Applied Cognitive Studies
Emotional Intelligence assessment and development
Emotional intelligence (EI) is now a measureable characteristic that contributes significantly to an individual's ability to form and maintain relationships, respond to conflict, work with others, and practice leadership. EI assessment using the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) provides specific feedback for the four most basic aspects of emotional intelligence. The feedback can be used to develop and enhance an individual's relationships and job performance.
Organizational development and consulting
Experience in working with organizations of all sizes and contexts Specialize in process consulting helping individuals and organizations identify their existing resources and utilize them constructively and creatively to meet challenges Skilled at developing participative decision making processes that build cohesion and commitment to decisions


Oct 2001Jan 2008


  • Course work included:
    • Group Psychology
    • Consultation Psychology
    • Community Psychology
    • Social Psychology
    • Vocational Psychology
    • Psychology of Leadership
    • Psychology of Personality
    • Performance Enhancement and Motivation
    • Test and Measurements
    • Testing and Assessment in the Workplace
  • Dissertation topic: Emotional intelligence and conflict management style among Christian clergy
Aug 1980May 1983


Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Raymond Brown Scholar
  • Grader in Church History
  • Major Course work in philosophy of religion, theology and missions
  • Mission and Ministry Conference Student Coordinator
Aug 1976May 1980


Wake Forest University
  • Religion major
  • Secondary emphasis in Classical Greek, Psychology, and Sociology

Work experience


Senior Consultant

Center for Congregational Health
  • Re-visioning processes
  • Strategic planning
  • Constructive conflict management
  • Leadership education and development
  • Leadership coaching
  • Staff team building
  • Personality assessment and feedback
  • Emotional intelligence assessment and development

Campus Minister

Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
  • Campus Minister at NC State University in Raleigh, NC
    • Chaplains' Cooperative Ministry President
    • Diverse ministry to students, faculty and staff
  • Campus Minister at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC
    • Appalachian Campus Ministries Association President
    • Diverse ministry to students, faculty and staff


Cane Creek Baptist Church
  • Served an historic, 200+ year old congregation congregation helping it to adapt to a changing ministry environment
  • Ministered to a diverse, community-based congregation with membership ranging from UNC-Chapel Hill faculty to fifth-generation dairy farmers
  • Led congregation in developing new ministries utilizing existing church and community resources

Student Worker and Church Developer

International Mission Board
  • Worked at Kaoshiung Medical College assisting students with oral English language skills
  • English instructor at Kaohsiung Theological Seminary
  • Assisted Mandarin-speaking congregations in developing ministries to students and young adults


Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT)

Dr. David Caruso

Five Factor Model of Personality

Center for Applied Cognitive Studies