Chris was born in San Jose, CA (Bay Area) and spent the first 12 years of his life in that area. In 8th grade, his grandparents (Wycliffe Bible Translators) took them to Brasilia, Brasil for 2 years; an amazing experience in Chris's life. Moving back to the US, he went to high school in Huntington Beach, then headed off to Biola University where he graduated with a degree in Social Sciences with a History emphasis and Bible minor. After college, Chris spent the next 2 years getting ministry experience at Mt Hermon, Peninsula Bible Church South, and EvFree Walnut Creek. He met his wife, Renee, during his internship in '91 and they were married in '92.
Over the seminary years at Talbot School of Theology, Chris coached college & high school soccer and was on staff with Missionary Athletes International (sports evangelism). After 2 years as a public high school history/government teacher and coach, he re-entered church ministry in ’98 at EvFree Walnut Creek (now NorthCreek Church). After almost 8 years as Jr. High Director, Student Ministries Pastor, and Lifestage Pastor, the Bruynzeels relocated to SoCal, joining the staff at EvFree Conejo Valley (now The Bridge in Newbury Park) as Associate Pastor. God brought them to Moorpark in July 2012, and due to God’s blessing, The Bridge Moorpark was able to re-launch as an independent church this past January 2016.
Chris and Renee have been married almost 25 years and are blessed with two amazing kids—Taylor (19) and Jake (16). They also have a dog, Max, and they love all 85lbs of his hyper, slobbery chunkiness. Chris loves to hang out with Renee, harass his kids, drink strong coffee with a good book, meet friends at Starbucks or Panda Express, watch soccer & football, hit the beach/surf, go mountain biking, as well as being a part of the life group on Thursday nights and our incredible church. The Bruynzeels have been so overjoyed and honored to be a part of this amazing church family and Chris is incredibly thankful for the privilege of being the lead pastor at The Bridge Moorpark!