Christian CunninghamMinistry Assistant for High School
Christian Cunningham grew up in southern Phoenix to a family of pastors. With his parents involved in youth ministry, he was exposed to the Gospel at an early age and accepted Christ at age nine. After experiencing some depression and assurance issues in Jr. High and early High school, he eventually turned to God’s Word as his ultimate source of joy. It was at this moment he made his faith his own. His largest influences during this time were his father, Jon Cunningham, and his youth pastor, Joshua Tompkins.
After graduating High school, he started to attend Northern Arizona University studying Music Education and Saxophone Performance. He immediately became a member of FCF and started helping out in Youth ministry as support staff to Tom Boggess. During the summer of 2017, he was a Student Ministry intern at Hillside Baptist Church under Joshua Tompkins. Through honing preaching and leadership skills, he felt the call to pastoral ministry. His passion for student ministries only grew as he returned to FCF with fresh perspectives and new ideas. He eventually became the High school intern at FCF the following summer and now considers it a privilege to serve in this capacity. Under the leadership of Dan Barton, Christian also has served as a college intern since fall 2017.
Christian’s main heart for the students is to see them make their faith their own. Most students that grow up in church accept Christ at VBS or as young children, but few truly have their own personal relationship with God. He believes that his job is to help revitalize student’s relationships with God through authentic relationships with the students, Bible-based expository preaching, and a culture that discusses hard and relevant topics. He prays that God will continue to bless these students with discipline to execute the principles they learned in youth group as they enter off into adulthood .