We could say that Church's® started back in 1952. But the truth is, Church's® starts every day, before the sun comes up, when we roll out of bed and begin scratch-making, hand-battering, and honey-butter-drizzling like there’s no tomorrow. Unfortunately, a timeline that shows us being founded everyday for the last 60-something years would be really hard to follow, so below, you’ll find a more traditional one that tells our story. Just know we’re hard at work and ready for you and your family to help us write the next chapter.
His name is George W. Church, Sr. and he’s the reason you crave chicken so much. Thank you, George, from the bottoms of our taste buds.
George W. Church, Sr. opens Church’s Fried Chicken-To-Go in downtown San Antonio across from the Alamo.
Churchie™ becomes the brands' loveable mascot.
Jalapeño peppers are the first side item added to the menu
Church's® has more than 100 restaurants in seven states.
George W. (Bill) Church, Jr. takes over the company after his dad’s passing.
Church's® becomes a publically held company. Church's® National Headquarters complex opens in San Antonio, Texas.
Church's® joins the NY Stock Exchange. The Wall Street Journal calls Church's® “the best managed growth company in the nation.”
The first Church's® Franchise opens outside of the U.S. in Vancouver, Canada.
Our restaurant takes on a new look.
1000th Church's® opens up in Phoenix, Arizona
New ad campaign differentiates Church's® from the competition.
New ad campaign created to face the competitive. “Kick the Bucket” call-to-action goes head-to-head with another chicken chain.
Church's® gets another facelift. Colors are updated to green, white, and orange.
Church's® brand new Big Chicken Sandwich sets company record! Close to 1,400 sold in one day.
First Texas Chicken® opens in Indonesia.
AFC, the new parent company of Church's Chicken®, moves Church's® headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia.
After 12 years with AFC, Church's® is acquired by a private equity firm and is no longer associated with any other brands.
Global sales exceed 1,000,000,000. That’s a lot of chicken!
For more than 60 years Church's® has been through many changes-new looks, products, new advertising campaigns and more. But the one thing that has always remained the same. We’re still serving the best darn chicken in the world!
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Chief Executive Officer
The man with a vision to lead the brand to become the global franchisor of choice.
Joe Christina is responsible for all Church’s Chicken and Texas Chicken restaurants across the globe. He’s on a mission to lead the global QSR team that best understands the chicken passionate. And the ride is as fun as it is focused!
He’s proven that he’s the guy to get results and he’s out to make great chicken experiences guests love every day, in and around the communities we serve.
Before he was promoted to CEO, Joe was EVP of US Operations where he was responsible for U.S. restaurant operations, providing strategic planning and execution of those plans for 1,200 restaurants, $950 million in sales and $35 million in EBITDA.
Prior to that, he was SVP of Franchise Operations for the North America Western Division of Burger King. Joe implemented standards that immediately reduced expenses and improved quality to the tune of an 8% increase in same-store sales. He also engineered improved scores in crucial operations aspects, such as store cleanliness and friendliness, customer loyalty, and customer satisfaction.
Oh, and Joe was also a Burger King Franchisee, so he knows a little about treating team members right so every guest leaves with a smile on their face. He started his career as an assistant restaurant manager. Yes, he’s come a long way and we’re happy that he’s our #1 chicken guy.
Joe is a graduate of Quinnipiac College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing.
EVP and Chief Financial Officer
Every successful business needs somebody who’s great at math. That’s Dusty Profumo. He’s a seasoned financial veteran with more than 25 years of experience within the restaurant and hospitality sector. As our EVP and Chief Financial Officer, his responsibilities includes accounting, tax, business planning, investor and lending relations, as well as risk and supply chain management.
Before joining Church's®, Dusty was Chief Financial Officer of Avado Brands, Inc, the parent company of Don Pablo’s® Mexican Kitchens and Hops Restaurant Bar and Brewery, where he led the successful divestiture of the company’s 279 Applebee’s® restaurants. Before that he was the CFO of Randstad North America Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of one of the largest publicly traded employment and staffing companies in the world. He began his financial career in 1974 with KPMG Pete Marwick.
EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer
A seasoned restaurant-industry veteran who’s proud to be chicken – Hector A. Munoz brings undeniable energy and a lifelong passion for building unforgettable brand experiences to Church’s Chicken®.
He’s spent more than 25 years in the quick service restaurant business, not just as a talented marketing executive, but also as an inspirational and motivational role model in the field. He’s known for standing shoulder to shoulder with internal teams, restaurant owners, and franchisees to grow sales, expand market presence, enhance guest satisfaction, and connect with guests across every type of media.
Here at Church’s, Hector is the head of the global marketing team, overseeing all Brand Strategy and Marketing in the U.S., and also internationally through the company’s Texas Chicken® brand. New product development, advertising and creative services, strategic planning and calendar activation, digital and social media engagement, consumer insights and metrics, and strategic partnerships will also all fall under Hector’s very experienced wings.
Before coming back to the Church’s organization – where he once served as the Director of Marketing for one of our largest franchisee groups, Hector demonstrated his tremendous skill with turning ideas into results across a number of different quick service restaurant brands.
He previously spent six years as Chief Marketing Officer at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen where he was responsible for a +25% increase in same-store sales, 26 consecutive quarters of positive same-store comp sales, and outperforming the industry every quarter of his tenure. His advertising campaign for Popeyes also earned “Top 5 in the Industry” marks from Technomics and Ad Age. Hector also spent nearly a decade with Burger King Corporation as their VP of Global Brand Image and New Concept Strategy; and has been involved with marketing at Long John Silver’s®, Taco Bell®, and Bruegger’s Bagels®.
Add to all that a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, and an MBA from the University of Miami, and there’s no question that Hector is a heavy hitter in the marketing world – which is why we’re really glad he’s on Church’s side.
EVP, US Operations
Servold previously served with Church’s Chicken from 2010 to 2014 as Vice President of Operations, and now returns to succeed Joseph Christina, who was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in November 2016.
Prior to joining Church’s Chicken, Servold served for more than 30 years at McDonald’s Corporation in various operational roles, culminating in Vice President of Operations & Franchising, where he assisted in implementing a Just-in-time (JIT) inventory strategy. Implemented in conjunction with long-time former Chairman & CEO Fred Turner, the system enabled the chain to reduce costs through reduced waste and to elevate the customer experience by delivering fresher food and enabling custom orders.
Servold also previously held the role of SVP, Franchise Operations for Hooters of America.
EVP, International Business
Tony Moralejo’s job isn’t done until there’s a Church's® in every neighborhood—or at least one within reasonable driving distance. That’s because he’s our Chief Development Officer, responsible for our domestic and international expansion. His duties include franchising, reimaging, construction, and real estate management.
Tony spent 15 years in various leadership roles at Burger King Corporation, including General Counsel and later VP of Development for the Latin America and Caribbean regions, where he achieved unprecedented growth. He also served as Senior Director of Partner and Franchise Management in the Direct to Consumer Group at Nike, Inc., and was a member of the brand’s Global Leadership Retail Team.
He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business administration and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
EVP, Chief People Officer
A great organization starts with great people. Lucky for us, we’ve got Ed Brett making sure we find and nourish the best talent in the business. Ed’s work with Church's® began as a consultant in 2010, but it wasn’t long before his stellar performance landed him the role of Chief People Officer. His primary responsibilities include HR operations, talent development, talent acquisition improvement, and employee relations.
Ed was also the EVP of Human Resources and Community Affairs for Macy’s Inc. Central Division. His resume includes senior HR posts at Gaylan’s Trading Company and Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Chief Chicken Officer, SVP, Research & Development and Quality Assurance.
Kirk Waisner has the greatest job in the world. As our Chief Chicken Officer, he’s responsible for cooking up tasty new products and making sure they’re always downright delicious. And if that doesn’t make you jealous, he’s also spent more than two decades in all sorts of enviable R&D and quality assurance positions at major companies like Popeye’s®, Cinnabon®, Kraft® Foods, and Nabsico®.
Kirk graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Science and holds an Associate of Science degree from the Culinary Institute of America.
EVP, Chief Legal Officer
Craig Prusher would love to tell you his job is easy. But the truth is there’s a lot of legal work that comes with franchising and operating restaurants all over the world. As Church's® General Counsel, Craig handles all the nitty-gritty legal details of our global business including franchise law, acquisitions and divestitures, intellectual property, human resources, real estate and litigation.
He joins Church's® after 19 years at Burger King Corporation where he was responsible for franchising, real estate, and government and industry relations in North and Latin America as VP, Assistant General Counsel. Previously, he was an associate in the corporate department of two Boston law firms, Warner & Stackpole and Nutter, McClennen & Fish.
Craig graduated with a B.A. from Boston University and received his law degree from Boston University School of Law.
Restaurant Thanks Local Heroes with Special Offer at Laredo, TX Locations
Restaurant Chain Thanks Active and Retired Military Personnel for Service with BOGO Combo Meals
Restaurant Thanks Local Heroes with FREE Two-piece and Biscuit at El Paso, TX Locations
Restaurant Provided Hot Meals and Clothes to Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Residents and Staff
Restaurant Chain Honors Supply, Distributor Partnerships for Strong Performance at Annual Conference
Franchisee, Terry White, Becomes Fourth Member to Join the Ranks of Church’s Brightest Stars
Presentation of Donation Check Took Place on Wednesday, September 20th During Church’s® Leadership Forum
New Feature Chicken and Side Dish, plus Raspberry Habanero Dipping Sauce Coming to Ultimate Choice Program
Strong Franchisee Performance, New Marketing Strategies, and Innovative Product Part of Renewed Brand Focus
New Retail Agency Partnership to Streamline Workflows and Add Value to Franchisees
More than 6,000 Pieces of Fried Chicken Served at “Pay What You Can” Day
“Church’s® Loves Atlanta” Documentary Premiers on Film Platform August 12
Director of National Field Training to Present on Leadership Development
Seasoned QSR Veteran to Head Brand’s Franchise Development, Real Estate and Construction
Realignment Will Bring Better Speed and Service to Brand, Franchisees and Operations Partners
Industry Expert Brings Over 20 Years of Experience
Leader in Fried Chicken Quality and Value Heads up Homage to American Classic
One of the World’s Largest Fried Chicken Brands Helps Provide More Than 3 Million Meals
High school seniors in 15 states receive $1,000 each toward college tuition
Craig Prusher honored at 2017 Corporate Counsel Awards
Richmond-Based Performance Food Group Selected Based on Top Quality and Performance
Launches 'Days of Service' Campaign to Honor the Brand's Key Markets
Popular Chicken Brand Honored for Raising Funds to Serve Over 3 Million Meals with 2016 Efforts
Iconic Fried Chicken Brand Looks to Raise Half a Million Dollars in 2017 to End Childhood Hunger in America
Church’s Chicken® Shares Valuable Insights From “Church’s Loves Communities” Web Series
Fanta® Flavors, New Fountain Equipment and Exciting Promotions Planned for the Future
Seafood Options Arrive Feb. 27 for Lenten Season and “Family Fish Fry” Occasions
Quick-Service Restaurant Expert Returns to Brand Where Career Began More than 25 Years Ago
Quality, Cost Control and Efficient Distribution Among Ward’s Top Priorities for 2017
Executive Brings 40+ Years in Franchise Operations to Historic 65-Year-Old Brand
Seasoned Franchise Executive Brings Comprehensive Business and Legal Expertise to Expanded Role
Brand announces January return of signature guest favorite
Annual Holiday Luncheon Provides Food & Toys for 500+ Children & Families
Participating Franchisees Raised Funds in Just Over 4 Weeks
TEXAS PETE® Tender Strips® Are Back for a Limited Time
Experienced Executive Brings Strong Operational Expertise to New Role
Donate $1 and receive $20 in savings at your local Church’s Chicken®
Brand Brings a Texas Favorite Back to the Menu Starting on October 31st
Church’s® Restaurants Presents $300,167 Towards Ending Childhood Hunger
Kira Clayborne Selected as ANA 2016 Honoree
The Newest Restaurant Will Serve Guests in Singapore
The new Lacey, WA location features the brand’s new Star Image décor package
Restaurant chain celebrates with exclusive one-day offer
Streaming Music, Photo Filters, Rewards, Social Media, and Offers Part of Robust App Upgrade
New “Naked” Menu Option Removes Breading and Batter for Juicy Smokehouse Taste
Awards $225,000 in Scholarships for College-Bound Students
Brand Launches Fiery Jalapeño Crunch Chicken to Meet Demand
Honey-Butter Biscuit Tenders Combine Two Taste Favorites into One Amazing Menu Offering
First Graduating Class Celebrates Success
Iconic chicken brand unveils newest location in Phoenix, AZ
The new location, which will be the 1,131st restaurant in the domestic Church’s® network
Limited Edition Retro Gear at Compton Location Available for a Limited Time Only
Joins the Team as a Results-Driven Marketing Leader
Seafood-Focused Offerings Available for Limited Time Only
Guest Favorites Team Up Just in Time for the Big Game
Long-Standing Community Tradition Helpd to Feed More than 600
Church’s Chicken® Breaks Into Social Media’s Top-3 for Chicken Restaurants
Multi-Year Deal to Include Advertising, Merchandising and Local Store Marketing
Church’s Stride for Success program currently includes 27 Church’s Crewmembers
Church’s Chicken® Gives Georgia Scorcher a New Look
The beloved dish returns for a limited time on October 26
Foundation Receives Gold Newcommer Award at Inaugural Ceremony
Iconic chicken brand unveils newest location in San Antonio
Chicken chain to support local Laredo youth education initiative
Zesty New Menu Item Debuts September 21
Special Meal Options Part of September’s Chicken and Biscuit Month Celebrations
Joshua Robinson & Braxton Burke Crowned New Champions at 2015 Finals
Auckland Welcomes First of 20 New Texas Chicken Restaurants
70 New Texas Chicken Restaurants expected by 2023
Drummers compete for World Champion title at Music City Center
Restaurant celebrates National Fried Chicken Day with exclusive two-day offer
175 high school seniors receive $1,000 towards college tuition
Cluck Truck heads to San Marcos for three days to bring warm food for those in need
Cluck Truck rolls into San Juan to celebrate with senior class and teachers
Texas A&M A.R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business students intern for Church's
Churchs celebrates National Biscuit Day with biscuit giveaway
Restaurant Celebrates with Multiple Generations of Employees
Celebrate Mom with something sweet this holiday
Chicken chain turns up the heat with signature sauce for a limited time
South Florida-based agency to assist in national growth plans
Popular chicken chain makes pizza seem passé for parties
New restaurant brings southern flavor to the nation's capitol
New restaurant image is sure to turn heads in the South Texas
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State-of-the-Art Food Truck to Serve Chicken Lovers Across Four States
Bite-Sized Indulgence Blends Church’s® Famous Biscuits with Iconic Snack Food Brand
Five Local Schools to Benefit in September and October
Quick Service Restaurant Chain Conducted Extensive Search & Review Process
Syndicated Drive-Thru Gourmet Columnist, Ken Hoffman praises Big Tex Club Sandwich
The Big Tex Club Sandwich and the Church's Guest Star Club
Church's Appoints Executive Vice President for U.S. Operations
Church's and Coca-Cola® offer exciting giveaway
Church's Chicken® Appoints Industry Leader Steve Davis as Chief Concept Officer
Church's Chicken Announces Selection of the New Advertising Agency
Church's Chicken Introduces New Flavors to one of its most Popular Sandwiches on the Menu
Robert Crews is Names Church's Chicken Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
More Changes at Church's Chicken to Support Continued Growth and Expansion
Former Cosi CEO Brings More than 35 Years of Restaurant Experience
Joel Burger is Named Church's Chicken Senior Vice President, Brand Marketing
And we know it’ll take a lot more than good food to keep them strong. So we do our best to support programs that make things better in our own backyard.
Minds get hungry, too. And when they do, we want to help feed them. The Church's® Scholars Program is proud to award scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in our own community. Who knows, maybe someone from our little neck of the woods will have an idea that changes the world.
The application period for graduating high school seniors begins January 2016.
For the third straight year, we teamed up with Fire Station 16 in Atlanta to make Christmas a littler brighter for those in need. More than 600 kids and their families attended the 42nd Annual Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Community Christmas Event. And along with co-sponsor, Coca-Cola®, we were able to give them the holiday celebration they deserved. A hot, delicious Christmas lunch with Church's Chicken®, biscuits, and plenty of donated toys for the kids.
Church's® and Coca-Cola® bring the Christmas cheer with more than 1,000 donated toys and bikes.
Thanks to Fire Station 16, Coca-Cola®, and our leadership team and employees, the Community Christmas Lunch was a huge hit. We can’t wait to help out again next year.
Each year, Church’s® employees partner with the Open Arms program—part of the CURE Childhood Cancer initiative in Atlanta—to serve meals to children fighting cancer.
CURE Childhood Cancer believes that childhood cancer can be cured in our lifetime