Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell

Energetic, outgoing and embracing the world best describes Chris Mitchell.

I knew Chris before he was born.

Let me explain.

He is the youngest son of David and Patti Mitchell. The large Mitchell family have been longtime friends of mine, as well as his mom’s Kimmage family.

There are four Mitchell children in this family — sister Missy and two brothers, Dave and Rob.

Baseball and all sports in general play a very important part in Chris’s life. He played professional baseball for three years — 1996 to 1999. For many years, he has been coaching baseball, his youngest student being 5 years old, up to a man 60-plus training for an old-timer’s baseball camp and everything in between.

Speaking of in between, for quite a few years he worked at Home Depot. Chris finally found his way to the financial world. For the last three years, he has been working with the Bala Financial Group Inc. This group is an independent financial advisory practice. Along with his partner, Joe Little, they help clients with retirement, investment management and life and long-term care insurance.

In 2005, he met Kristy Hepner while with a group of friends at an Eagles game. They became a couple in 2010 and married in 2013. Two-year-old Hudson completes the family to date.

Kristy has been teaching health and physical education at East Coventry Elementary for 13 years. She is a runner and a body strengthening enthusiast. She can be found running all over the Royersford area. She has run many marathons, including the Boston Marathon. I believe Kristy was running up to a few days or may be hours before giving birth to Hudson.

That may be the reason that Hudson is the fastest running 2-year old around — always running instead of walking. He mimics Kristy in every way. Hudson does yoga alongside her.

When it comes to his daddy, they enjoy all sports together. They attend local and professional games in the area.

Chris runs, but it is not his first sport of choice. In 2008, he ran two marathons, one in Wilmington, Del., and one in Philadelphia, after which he put his running shoes away.

Well low and behold, later on the day Chris and I met for this interview, he received noticed that he was picked to run the 2019 Boston Marathon in April. I am not sure how it really works — something like a lottery pool. Someone dropped out, and Chris was the next pick. He will run to raise money for local charities. Well, April is not that far away. So he needs to train, and I mean train hard. His trainer for the marathon is Kristy. The reason he picked his wife as his trainer is that he trusts her. His placing in the Boston Marathon will be a win for their family.

This recipe comes from Kristy’s 92-year-old grandmother, who still live independently.

Grammy Hepner's Buttermilk Banana Cake

2 cups flour

1½ cups granulated sugar

1 cup margarine (1 stick)

Pinch of salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. baking soda (in butter milk)

1 tsp. baking powder

2 egg (separated)

1 cup mashed bananas

½ butter milk

Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans or a 9-by-13-inch pan.

Cream together margarine and sugar. Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Dissolve baking soda in milk. Separate eggs; beat whites until stiff. Add egg yolks into creamed batter along with vanilla. Combine creamed mixture to dry mixture with buttermilk. Mix in mashed bananas. Fold in egg whites. Pour into cake pans, and bake at 350 degrees.

Frosting

2 cups Confectioners’ sugar

½ stick margarine/butter

8 oz. cream cheese

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all of frosting ingredients, and frost cake.

Enjoy!

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