0019c ChurchwellCChris D. Churchwell, CPA

Chris has been practicing as a Certified Public Accountant in the Joplin area since 1980.  He graduated from Carl Junction High School, and attended Missouri Southern State College and graduated with a major in Accounting in 1979. He is married to Christine and has 7 children and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his family. He is involved with Business Network International, Joplin Area Catholic Schools Development Board, the Catholic School Finance Committees and Joplin Chamber of Commerce. Chris currently serves on several Boards, including the Joplin Historical Society, Wildcat Glades Audubon Center, and Joplin Association for the Blind. Other professional memberships include Missouri Society of Accountants, National Society of Accountants, American Institute of CPAs, American Society of Tax Problem Solvers, Tax Freedom Institute, Small Business Development Centers Advisory Board and Missouri Southern Foundation Board. His most recent accomplishment includes becoming Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Local Provider for Tax Services in 2012.

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EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Major in Accounting
  • Missouri Southern State University; Joplin, Missouri – 1979
  • AS in Computer Science
  • Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri – 1982

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Missouri State Board of Accountancy, 1979
  • Oklahoma State Board of Accountancy, 1980
  • Certificate in Data Processing, Missouri Southern State University, 1981
  • Certificate in Tax Problem Resolution, 2010
  • Endorsed Local Provider, Dave Ramsey Show

PROFESSIONAL

  • Secretary, Treasurer, Shareholder – Mense, Churchwell & Mense, P.C.
  • Member of Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the National and Missouri Society of Accountants
  • Member of American Society of Tax Problem Solvers
  • Member of Tax Freedom Institute
  • Chairman of the Small Business Development Centers Advisory Board, State of Missouri
  • Budget Chairman of Missouri Southern Foundation Board Budget Committee

MEMBERSHIPS/ COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Past President and Treasurer – Joplin Sheltered Workshops Board
  • Past President and Treasurer – Joplin Area Catholic School Board
  • Member – Business Network International
  • Member – Joplin Area Catholic Schools Development Board
  • Member – Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Member – Diocese, Church, and School Finance Committees
  • Member – Wildcat Glades Audubon Center

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