The Reverend Chip Edens is the eighth Rector of Christ Church in Charlotte, NC.Chip has led Christ Church in numerous strategic initiatives that have strengthened the parish’s ability to equip and empower its membership of 5500. During his tenure, the parish has grown over 70 percent in both church membership and stewardship.
At Christ Church, Chip is the founder and moderator of the Faith Forum, a public conversation addressing issues of faith and culture. since 2010 he has interviewed over 100 thought leaders, including New York Times bestselling authors, marriage and parenting experts, artists, musicians, business leaders, and politicians. The subjects explored during Faith Forums range from Biblical studies and Christian spirituality, to relationships, health and wellness, interfaith relationships and leadership. These events draw an audience from around the region, some with 2400+ in attendance. The Faith Forum is live-streamed to viewers around the world.
Chip is a sought-after teacher, preacher, and moderator. He also has served as a resource and facilitator for numerous YPO/WPO conferences, retreats, and forums.
In 2014, Chip was invited to give a TEDx talk on the subjects of relationships and resilience entitled “Foxhole Friends.”
Chip is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and Yale University Divinity School. He has studied organizational leadership at Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also studied at the Duke Center for Reconciliation and Justice.
Chip has served the Church in a number of capacities, including as a board member for the Gathering of Leaders, the Consortium of Endowed Parishes, The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and as a Co-Chair of a search for a Bishop.
Chip is an avid fly fisherman. He enjoys golf and worked as a caddy at the Augusta National Golf Club. His caddy nickname was “Soulman.”
Chip is married to Beverly, an artist. They have three children and a Labrador Retriever.