Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Kris moved at the age of eleven years old to Lisbon, Portugal. From there Kris eventually moved to Connecticut, then to Georgia, then to Texas, and most recently to Indianapolis, IN. Kris is the textbook definition of a "Third Culture Kid" – never truly at home in any one place while being able to adjust to life in a variety of places and contexts.
After traveling with SQ in 2005 and 2007, Kris took the plunge and joined the SportQuest team in November of 2007 when he moved to Indianapolis, IN. Kris now serves on the International Communications Team and leads the Indy City Team. Besides these responsibilities, Kris has also led SQ teams to Belgium, Ireland, Costa Rica, and Panama, giving him the opportunity to work with kids, lead worship, and do what he does best – building friendships that will last a lifetime. Kris, the ultimate relationship builder, has yet to meet someone he wouldn’t call “friend.” Not a day goes by without Kris praying for and encouraging our SQ alumni and team members. Kris has an amazing testimony of the cost of following Christ. He is extremely loyal and committed to the Lord and SportQuest.
Kris played Varsity golf at Hardin Simmons University, where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He co-led the first ever SQ golf team to Ireland in 2011. While living in Indianapolis, Kris met an amazing, godly girl, and on June 7, 2014 Kris and Tara were married. On April 5, 2016, Benjamin Trent Patel was born! Kris and Tara are proud parents. In addition to golf, Kris' hobbies also include playing and watching sports, strumming his guitar, writing and listening to music, and "kickin’ it" with friends.