Palmer Chinchen, a rising voice in the missional movement, is an author, speaker, pastor… and an expatriate. In his new book THE BAREFOOT TRIBE he invites this generation of innovative creatives and social-entrepreneurs to pool their best wisdom, abilities, and passion to remake the world good and beautiful as God intended.
Palmer is a relevant and engaging communicator who draws on his years of experience in Africa to pull the listener into the fabric of his message: Give your life away to change this world and God will change you. Palmer speaks widely on issues of justice, spiritual transformation, and a Christian response to affliction and poverty. Palmer spent many years in college ministry in Wheaton and southern California, and earned a PhD at Trinity International University, and an MA and BA from Biola University.
Palmer grew up deep in the Sappo jungle of Liberia, Africa where the only way in and out was by prop plane. Today Palmer is the Lead Pastor of The Grove (in the Phoenix area), an innovative gathering of believers who live on mission to share God’s name around the globe. On a random Sunday called “Barefoot Sunday,” the people of the Grove walked to their cars barefoot, (on a 100+ degree day) leaving a mountain of shoes to send to Africa.
Justice is a significant passion for Palmer, who regularly travels to places like Haiti, Cuba and Africa to help bring healing to a broken world.