Chris Lambert is the CEO of Life Remodeled. Chris originally pursued a degree in Marketing at Indiana University with the hope of attending law school and launching a career as a land developer. A spiritual awakening during his junior year led to a passion to follow Jesus, and Chris eventually followed a call to Fuller and Gordon-Conwell seminaries, where he earned his MDiv and Doctorate in Preaching. In 2007, he and his wife helped a Liberian village raise the necessary resources for a well, farm animals and a new school building. Upon returning to the US, Chris founded a church called Ekklesia, and in 2010 he started Life Remodeled.
Life Remodeled began in 2010, loosely based on the TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. After three years of projects centered on building houses from the ground up in six days that were given to deserving families, Life Remodeled partnered with the Detroit Public Schools to refocus its efforts on under-resourced high schools and their surrounding neighborhoods, evolving into a transformative citywide community rebuilding initiative. Life Remodeled assists in three areas: Remodeling a school or other community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to clean up 300 city blocks in six days. Some of their partners continue to work in these neighborhoods for years after the project to enhance schools, revitalize housing, increase employment opportunities and cultivate long-term relationships, all of which enable the development of healthy and thriving communities.