Chase Smith grew up in Delavan, IL and has just recently moved to Peoria to be on staff at Bradley University. He graduated from Monmouth College with his Bachelor's in Exercise Science.
Chase grew up without any interaction with Christianity. He didn't really ever go to any church events until he was a sophomore in High school, but he still grew up with a really high view of morality and always considered himself to be a good person. Chase made most decisions in light of people thinking he was a decent person and held himself to that standard most of his life. Chase's sophomore year when he was first introduced to the Gospel it made sense to him intellectually and he understood the fundamental truths of Christianity but his life wasn't changing. He was really just using Jesus to boost his own record of being a good person but never realized his need for Christ. About two years later Chase attended a conference where he was confronted for the first time with the reality of sin. It was the first time he realized that not only did he sin, but the real issue is that he was a sinner, and that was an eternal issue. In the weeks that followed that Chase realized that Jesus died for sinners, and that included himself. After becoming a follower of Christ God gave Chase several opportunities to be discipled which cast a vision in life to share the gospel and make disciples.
After Chase came to a realization of the life giving truth of the Gospel his eyes were opened to the reality of this world. He realized people were living lives without purpose and dying without a relationship with Christ. Chase also realized that God's means for reaching the world with the gospel is us, and had a strong desire to share the gospel students who can be sent out with the message of the Gospel and impact the world with that message. Chase longs for students to go to unreached places in the world, to lead church plants and be a part of them, and to lead God glorifying lives in the context that they live.