The Reverend Chip Edens
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 the Faith Forums range from Biblical studies and Christian spirituality, to relationships, health and wellness, justice, 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 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, and The Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. In 2018 Chip was selected a scholar at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
A native of Virginia, Chip grew up in Richmond and spent his summers on the Chesapeake Bay. He is an avid fly fisherman. Chip is married to Beverly, an artist. They have three children and three Labrador Retrievers.