Leadership

Meet Our Clergy


The Reverend Chip Edens
Rector
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A native of Virginia, Chip grew up in Richmond and spent his summers on the Chesapeake Bay. He attended Hampden-Sydney College and Yale Divinity School. Chip has served parishes in Virginia, Connecticut, Georgia, and Texas. Chip is married to Beverly and they have three children. He enjoys fly-fishing, golf, and tennis. 


The Reverend Canon Martha Hedgpeth
Associate Rector

Worship, Outreach and Mission
704-714-6955
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Marty grew up here in North Carolina and at Christ Church, and attended Smith College and Yale Divinity School. After seminary, Marty served at Calvary/St. George's Church in New York, St. Andrew's in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Grace Church in Newington, Conneticut. She returned here as Associate Rector in 1996. Marty oversees worship and our Outreach and Mission Ministries. Her great passions in life include traveling, movie-going, reading, and spending time with Ghillie, her golden retriever.


The Reverend Matt Holcombe
Associate Rector

Spiritual Growth and Adult Formation
704-714-6964
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Matt was born in Arizona but has lived most of his life on the East Coast. Before moving to North Carolina in 2014, Matt and his family lived in Wayne, Pennsylvania where Matt served as an Associate Rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church supporting Stewardship, Outreach, and Family Ministries. Matt graduated seminary in 2011 from The General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he served at Grace Church on Broadway and the Church of the Intercession in Harlem. Prior to seminary, Matt was the vice president of a telecommunications company for six years, running the day-to-day operations. He received his undergraduate degree in 2002 from Shepherd University in West Virginia.

As the clergy for adult formation and spiritual growth at Christ Church, Matt supports unique learning opportunities for adults and helps parishioners of all ages grow spiritually through the relationships they have with God, neighbor, world, and self. Matt is married to Alicia and they have two young children and a pet finch. As a family they enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and laughing together!


The Reverend Patty Rhyne
Associate Rector

Newcomers, Parish Life, Sages and Young Adults
704-714-6940
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Patty is a native of Charlotte and spent most of her adult life in Greenville, SC. She graduated from Brenau College in Gainesville, GA and the School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. Patty has served as an Associate Rector at Christ Church in Greenville, SC, and Saint Michael and All Angels in Dallas, TX. Patty loves spending time with her three grandchildren, three daughters and sons-in-law, and of course, her dog, Darcy.


The Reverend Lisa Saunders
Associate Rector

Congregational Care
704-714-6952
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The Reverend Lisa Saunders oversees pastoral care ministries at Christ Church in coordination with the other clergy and our parish nurse. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia Theological Seminary. Her first church was St. Philip’s in Coral Gables, Florida.  She came to Christ Church in 1988, and has worked here through her 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and now her 50’s. She is married to Tim Saunders, a pediatric ophthalmologist (and sometimes drummer for the band at our contemporary worship). Their children, Caroline, Julia Gray and Rob, are adults now and all UNC Tarheels. Lisa and Tim enjoy biking, travel, movies and being with friends and family. Lisa loves that her dog, Millie, can come to work with her.