Chris Heuertz is an author, speaker, Enneagram coach, non-profit consultant, and anti-human trafficking activist.

He is a contemplative activist, ecclesial provocateur, curator of unlikely friendships, instigator for good, witness to hope, and clergy for common people.

Chris Heuertz is aware of the enormous challenges we face and of the thickness of anxiety that can undermine faith. In the midst of that, he keeps his head clear, his heart focused and his words accessible.” Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary


Chris is a frequent contributor or frequently highlighted in such publications as Christianity Today, Duke’s “Faith & Leadership,” Q Ideas, Relevant Magazine, The Work of the People and the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section. He is known for his provocative storytelling, and has written 3 books: Simple Spirituality, Friendship at the Margins, and Unexpected Gifts. More writings

There are few people who can reframe the way we think or act and bring about a paradigm shift . . . Chris is gifted with this. His experiences are filtered through grace and the unconditional love of God, which Chris brilliantly articulates. Chris is a brilliant and creative thinker of our time and uses parallel stories to contrast and expose the truth that leaves an indelible impression on your mind.” Pranitha Timothy, Caruna Bal Vikas Program Director for Compassion International


Chris Heuertz’s ability to weave real-life stories with scriptural and theological reflection is engaging and refreshing. At a time when the gap between the poor and rich continues to grow, Chris reminds us that what the gospel commands us to do is not so much to do things for the poor, but to become friends, indeed sit at the same table, with the poor. What makes such a duty possible, even delightful, are such gifts as humility, community, simplicity, submission and brokenness–simple spirituality, he calls it!” Emmanuel Katongole, Associate Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

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A Center for Contemplative Activism

Chris co-founded Gravity with his wife, Phileena, for people who care about their spirituality and want to make the world a better place. Gravity offers public meditation sits, contemplative retreats, spiritual direction and pilgrimage.

Enneagram Coach

Chris has worked with the Enneagram for over 10 years with individuals and communities, helping people understand the themes, tendencies, temptations, and traits of their type. Having studied with the Enneagram Institute and the Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition, Chris helps people press into the core fear of their type as an invitation for growth and transformation. Contact

Non-profit Consultant

Over the past 20+ years Chris has been an active board member and consultant for nearly 2 dozen organizations in more than 15 countries helping non-profits develop organizational culture, build diverse boards of directors, evaluate life-cylces and life-phases of movements, and establish community values. Contact

Anti-Human Trafficking Activist

Chris’ fight against human trafficking began in 1994 when he helped create safe haven and jobs at a children’s home for women escaping India’s commercial sex industry. Since then, he has spent 20 year working alongside organizations in Bolivia, India, Moldova, Romania, and Thailand that establish small businesses and micro-enterprise initiatives as alternative means for women in prostitution. Chris has written extensively on the issue, his articles include projects for the ONE Campaign and have been featured in publications such as the Washington Post. Chris also contributed to the book Sexually Exploited Children: Working to Protect and Heal. In 2003 Chris was selected by the US State Department to participate in a global consultation, the international conference on “Pathbreaking Strategies in the Global Fight Against Sex Trafficking” convened by then Secretary of State Colin Powell. Chris leads the Vocare Speaker Series in the fight against human trafficking.  Get Involved with Vocare