Faces of St. Andrew’s – Finding His Way At St. Andrew’s

For Chris Diserio and his wife, Talia, life is for the dogs—their rescue dogs, Sugar and Lucy!

“Our schedule kind of revolves around them,” says Chris. “So, the Sunday, 7:30 a.m. service at St. Andrew’s is perfect for us.” The Diserio’s adopted Sugar and Lucy while they lived in Macon, Georgia. The couple met there, but are Midwesterners originally—Chris from Chicago, and Talia, Detroit.

Chris has enjoyed a varied life with a few twists and turns. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in finance, worked at the Board of Trade, then moved to the Sports Department at The Chicago Tribune and from there transitioned to various operations management positions in Minor League Baseball. This took him to Connecticut, then back to Chicago and on to Macon.  Currently Chris manages rental properties and Talia is a sales representative with a medical equipment company.

They moved to the South Palm neighborhood of Lake Worth Beach in 2013. “We were familiar with the West Palm Beach area because my parents spend the winter in Jupiter.” When the couple’s realtor suggested Lake Worth Beach, and they knew it was the right choice. “I like that my parents are only 40 minutes away,” he says. “And Talia’s mom comes to stay in Lake Worth Beach.”

The Diserio’s joined St. Andrew’s in 2017. “It took us a little while to find a church that felt right. It wasn’t until our neighbor suggested St. Andrew’s that we realized we found our spiritual home. Everyone here is especially welcoming, and the 7:30 service is calming and beautiful with the sunrise shining through the stain-glass windows.”

Chris feels Rev. Cori has expertly navigated leading a new congregation, especially during the pandemic. “I appreciate the message of her sermons. She always emphasizes a practical application of the readings.”

Chris also believes that St. Andrew’s practices what it preaches. “The church does a lot for those in need in the greater community, with plenty of opportunities for members to get involved. That’s why I volunteer with The Way Café. I enjoy talking to the people who come. We have some good conversations, and I like to see them have a good time. It’s my way of helping. After the hiatus due to the pandemic, I’m glad it’s back!”


Five Questions for Chris Diserio

Which service do you attend? Sunday, 7:30 a.m.

What is your favorite hymn? “How Great Thou Art.”

Do you sing in the shower or your car? Car!

What is something not many people know about you? I am a huge fan of newspapers as a source of news and information. Although this has changed quite a bit over the last 20 years.

How would you describe St. Andrew’s in one word or phrase? Welcoming, calming, and beautiful.