Christopher J. Deraney
After a lifetime of using his voice to make music, Christopher J. Deraney decided to become a public servant to help empower the voices of others. Christopher is a modern conservative Christian raised in the South Atlanta airport town of Fayetteville, Georgia. His early life included soccer games, piano recitals, church on Wednesdays and Sundays, and trips to Dairy Queen with his family. A recipient of the National Principal's Leadership Award and the 'I Dare You' Leadership Award, Christopher graduated from Fayette County High School in 1999.
In 2006, and again in 2009, Christopher graduated from Georgia Southern University with bachelor's and master's degrees in Vocal Performance. Upon leaving Georgia Southern, he became the general music teacher at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic school in Atlanta, Georgia. After leaving IHM, Christopher became an active vocalist in the Atlanta community, pursuing a career in opera and singing several seasons with the Atlanta Opera Chorus. In 2011, a near-fatal car accident left him unable to sing at the professional level.
After his historic campaign for the Georgia State House of Representatives, Christopher was blessed with the opportunity to move to Barnesville, Georgia—the native countryside town of his father's upbringing—after he acquired his grandparent's house.
In April 2017, Christopher was hired as the President and CEO of the Barnesville-Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. Though not a businessman of his own merit like his grandparents, Christopher's passion for seeing businesses flourish, was a driving motivator when seeking this new endeavor. Joining his love for his family and local history, and realizing a path forward for his community, he and the organization recently oversaw the rebranding of the Chamber of Commerce, where business becomes priority one and where Historically Driven—Forwardly Innovative is its creed.
Beyond the Chamber, Christopher is the Choir Director at his church, St. Peter the Rock, and is involved in many local organizations and community related endeavors, and with great delight, be joining the Board of Directors of the Lamar Arts Association in January 2018.
Onward and Ever Upward for our fair community we go!