Chris grew up in Auburndale, Florida and graduated from Auburndale High School in 1972. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1976, and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div in 1988. Received a D.Min in 2007.
As an author, His novel “The Masked Saint” was first published by Morgan James Publishing turned into a movie in 2016 filmed in Sault Ste. Marie and won “Best Picture” at the 2015 International Christian Film Festival. The movie was released by Freestyle on January 8, 2016, in the USA and on January 22, 2016 in Canada. In 2020, Chris released his long-awaited book “Harold’s Heavenly Christmas”. Currently, he is working on his 3rd book and is in the publishing stages at the time this was written.
Chris competed in Florida using the ring name “The Saint”. Whaley was trained by The Great Malenko. In the 1980s Whaley wrestled professionally in Florida and the southeastern states for 10 years, competing with the Undertaker, the Freebirds, the Ultimate warrior, “Flamboyant” Eric Embry, “Iceman” King Parsons, and many others. His last three years he wrestled in Texas with Wild West Wrestling, WCCW and independent shows.
After retiring from Professional Wrestling, he pastored 3 churches in Florida. His last 5 years he was on staff at the First Baptist Church of Orlando. Drawing on real-life experiences from both wrestling and his career as a pastor he wrote his first novel The Masked Saint.
Chris has been interviewed on Television, Radio, Podcasts, Churches, Corporate Events, and has visited hundreds of places with in-person meetings in front of thousands.