Meet Chris O’Rear

The Basics

What is your full name?

Rev. Christopher D. O’Rear

Where are you from?

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.

What is the one thing about yourself that you would like people to know?

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.

Do you believe a cup is half empty or half full?

The cup has as much as it has. Enjoy what is in the cup and share it while you have something in your cup.

Do you have any pets?

We currently have three cats and a black and white pointer rescued us from our empty nest. We also have a zoo membership.

What is something you are proud about?

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.

What adjective would a close friend use to describe you?

Loyal.

How do you spend your spare time?

I love listening to all kinds of music, watching movies, riding my motorcycle, cutting grass, and exercising.

What is your most treasured possession?

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.

About your practice

What do you value about being a therapist?

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.

What do you think is important for a client to look for in a therapist?

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.

How does your faith play itself out in your work as a therapist?

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.

Favorites

What is your favorite music and your favorite singer/band?

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.

What is your favorite month of the year and why?

Probably December. It is the month of my birthday and the month of holiday gatherings, special music, and the anticipation of the Advent season.

What is your favorite movie?

I love the Harry Potter series and Star Wars, but probably “It’s A Wonderful Life” is my all-time favorite.

Which TV show would you never miss?

Modern Family

What is your favorite sporting activity?

Football to watch. TaeKwonDo to engage in (I’m a former black belt).

Just for Fun

What is the last album you purchased?

“Love Stuff” by Elle King

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a night person.

What do you do for fun?

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.

If you had six months off work, how would you spend it?

Probably some combination of vacation and working on all the unfinished projects at my house.

If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?

I am famous for my guacamole.

If you could...

If you could be a super hero, who would you be? Why?

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.

If you could travel back through time to spend one day, to when would you travel?

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.

Other than Nashville, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Some place tropical with a beach would be delightful.

Would you like to climb a mountain or trek across a desert?

Climb a mountain.

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