Fr. Chris Decker is not just a technology evangelist he is one of the new evangelization pioneers. As of 2018, He is 37 years old has been a priest in the Diocese of Baton Rouge for eleven years. He began this mission of evangelization though new media well before the Church was popularizing it. In 1999, as a young seminarian, he cut his teeth at the diocesan owned Catholic Life Television as a creative consultant developing graphic art, motion graphics, designing websites and even producing and hosting programming. One of his early successes was a show for youth called “FishNet” that ran on CatholicLife Television for several years.
As a seminarian he and two of his fellow classmates, Joshua LeBlanc and Fr. Ryan Humphries, developed an online community for seminarians called CyberCatholics.com around the year 2000 before blogging was “a thing". On this blog, Fr. Decker designed and ran a comic strip about a seminarian who visited and pondered bible passages. Some German Catholic readers nicknamed his blog "part of the Catholic underground".
Fr. Decker registered that name which later became the trademark of one of his most identifiable new media creations, the Catholic Underground podcast which launched in 2006 during his diaconate internship and still in production today at catholicunderground.com.
In 2011, he and his podcasting co-hosts took all of this a step further by developing and hosting and a Catholic new media conference in Houston, TX called CatholiCon.
He is also the Director of Mission for Catholic Community Radio, in Baton Rouge & New Orleans, LA. Fr. Decker sits on the board of directors for this apostolate that he also helped launch. Here he develops new programming and helps to reach beyond the radio waves into new forms of evangelization on the digital continent.
He is the pastor of St Joseph Church in Grosse Tete, Louisiana; Immaculate Heart Church in Maringouin; and St Frances Xavier Cabrini Church in Livonia.
He can be found online anytime promoting his message via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. He loves what he does, loves to teach others, and loves being a priest.