About Church's® Chicken

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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.

How It all started


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

Jalapeño peppers are the first side item added to the menu 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.


one billion

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!

The names behind the chicken

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Joe Christina

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.

Dusty Profumo

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.

Peter Servold

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.

Tony Moralejo

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.

Kirk Waisner

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.

Craig S. Prusher

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.


Giving back to the Community

We love the neighborhoods we serve.

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.

Church's® Scholars Program


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.

Click here to learn more.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Community Christmas Event

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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.

Helping Families

Church's® joins Cure childhood cancer to help support families with children fighting cancer

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

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