Rev. Christopher D. O’Rear
I consider Nashville my home, but I was born in Alabama. My family moved to TN when I was 13 years old and I graduated from Franklin High School.
I have known great joy and peace in my life, but this has come through personal challenge and loss that have revealed the power of love and the steadfastness of God. My wife and I have survived personal and financial struggles. Through good friends and therapy, I discovered the love of God that I had long professed, but had not really known in such a profound way.
The cup has as much as it has. Enjoy what is in the cup and share it while you have something in your cup.
We currently have three cats and a black and white pointer rescued us from our empty nest. We also have a zoo membership.
I am extremely proud of my two daughters. One is currently a third-year veterinary school student and the other is finishing nursing school. Each of my girls is living into her dreams and I am proud of their hard work and generous spirits.
I love listening to all kinds of music, watching movies, riding my motorcycle, cutting grass, and exercising.
When we lost our house after a mudslide during the Nashville flood in 2010, I never thought we would own another home. In 2015, we were able to purchase another house. We have loved making it our home.
I love being invited into another person’s life and becoming a part of their story as they seek to grow in their understanding of themselves or move forward in a difficult time. I love being able to offer others what has been given to me in the past and helped me on my own path.
A good therapist needs to have done significant work in his or her own personal recovery. They need to understand where their story ends and the client’s story begins. A client needs to look for a therapist who is trained, licensed (or under good supervision) and understands theories, but also someone that they feel is genuinely interested in getting to know them.
I never seek to have my clients believe as I believe and I never seek to have clients practice faith the way I do. Each client can explore their own faith, purpose, and meaning and wrestle with their own answers to difficult questions.
However, I have never been able to separate my beliefs and my understanding of God from the rest of my life. I cannot do therapy with clients without seeking to understand their beliefs even if these do not become overt topics of conversation.
I have a music a collection that has over 500 LPs and almost 1500 CDs. It is almost impossible to pick ONE favorite. I do love classic rock and country – and anything new that pays homage to these genres.
Probably December. It is the month of my birthday and the month of holiday gatherings, special music, and the anticipation of the Advent season.
I love the Harry Potter series and Star Wars, but probably “It’s A Wonderful Life” is my all-time favorite.
Football to watch. TaeKwonDo to engage in (I’m a former black belt).
“Love Stuff” by Elle King
Definitely a night person.
There is one little known thing about me… I regularly enter sweepstakes and contests. I have won cash, a TV, a trip to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, a trip to Discovery Cove/Sea World, some other trips and smaller prizes.
Probably some combination of vacation and working on all the unfinished projects at my house.
I am famous for my guacamole.
I like Superman. I love the ability to fly, but I also would love his impermeability to physical injury. To me, Superman is also a person of caring heart and deep integrity.
I know it sounds like a “Sunday School Answer”, but assuming language would not be an issue, I would be interested in spending a day with Jesus and his followers. I have a lot of questions about what they were really like.
Some place tropical with a beach would be delightful.
Climb a mountain.