As part of Lee’s Homecoming celebrations, Dr. Christopher Combs was presented the 2021 Department Alumnus of the Year Award for Lee University Online.
Dr. Combs, an ordained bishop and full-time pastor with the Church of God, earned a master’s degree in ministry studies and a bachelor’s degree in ministry leadership, both from Lee Online.
With an academic foundation from Lee, Dr. Combs then pursued his law degree from the Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, graduating with honors in 2020 with his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration.
“Dr. Combs’ accomplishments beyond his Lee Online foundation are an inspiration to adult online learners everywhere,” said Catherine Yaun, director of Online Academic Services. “He is a reflection of endless possibilities for any committed lifelong learner and the global reach of Lee University through Lee Online.”
Dr. Combs currently serves as lead pastor of Orchard Terrace Church of God in Cold Springs, Kentucky. A member of the Kentucky Bar Association since 2020, he is a trial attorney for the Department of Public Advocacy in Campbell County, Kentucky. He also serves on the Campbell County Juvenile Fair Team, a team of attorneys and professionals established by statute to offer alternatives to judicial action for troubled teens, keeping them out of the court system.
“It is my hope that my story inspires someone else,” said Dr. Combs. “That they, too, can find ministry and follow their calling wherever it leads them. Lee University Online set me up for success as it gave me the confidence in the scripture and the foundation of servitude.”
Dr. Combs is married to Amanda, and they have four children: Destinned, Gabriel, Faith and Trinity.