Palmer Chinchen


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Palmer Chinchen is an author, speaker, pastor…and expatriate. His newest books True Religion: Taking Pieces of Heaven to Places of Hell on Earth, God Can’t Sleep: Waiting for Daylight on Life’s Darkest Nights and Barefoot Tribe: Take Off Your Shoes and Dare to Live the Extraordinary Life challenge the dispassion of generations past. He is convinced we can do more to stop injustice, end extreme poverty, and spread beauty.

Drawing on his years in Africa, Palmer has become a national voice calling for innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit to promote sustainability and fair-trade and to change what is not right in this world. The heart of his message is, “Give your life away to change this world and God will change you.”

Palmer grew up deep in the Sappo jungle of Liberia, Africa where the only way in and out was by prop plane. Today he is the lead pastor at The Grove (Phoenix, AZ area), a uniquely creative gathering of Christ-followers who live on-mission locally and globally.

 In October 2014, Palmer hosted the first international Barefoot Tribe Gathering held in Phoenix, Arizona where over 600 registrants explored the idea of what it means to “…take off your shoes and walk the Holy ground of a broken world.”

In September, 2015 Howard Books will release Palmers forth Book Carry Me Halfway: Spirituality, Justice, and the Quest for Purpose.

Palmer holds a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity in Deerfield, IL and an MA and BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University.