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 Connor Gwin
Associate Rector for Family Ministry
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Raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Connor discerned a call to the priesthood while attending James Madison University, and attended Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria upon graduation. Connor previously served as the Chaplain at Stuart Hall School, an Episcopal day and boarding school (pre-K - 12), and prior to that, as the Canon for Social Engagement and Christian Formation in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Throughout his ministry, Connor has focused on translating our faith tradition for the modern world. He has a passion for equipping families, forming disciples, and proclaiming the Good News of God's grace. 

Connor writes regularly for Mockingbird, an online and print publication that connects the Christian faith to everyday life. He also enjoys reading and writing poetry, playing guitar, and taking family walks around the neighborhood with his wife, Emma, and their daughter, Harper Jane.


The Reverend Emily Parker
Deacon
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Emily was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons in the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina on January 4, 2020. She is a native Charlottean and has been a lifelong member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church.

During the work week, Emily is a Senior Planner at Centralina Council of Governments and has been with the organization since 2008. She serves and supports local governments and communities of all sizes across the 9-county greater Charlotte region. Emily completed her undergraduate degree at UNC Asheville and her graduate degree at UNC Charlotte. Emily enjoys photography, backyard bird watching, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


The Reverend Joshua Case
Vicar for Formation and Worship

Children, Youth and Families
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A native of Alabama, Joshua grew up in Tuscaloosa, where he attended the University of Alabama. Joshua spent six years living and working with students in the international schools and faith communities of Geneva Switzerland in the early 2000's. Before moving to Charlotte, Joshua lived in Atlanta Georgia where he attended Emory University, was ordained to the priesthood, and served as an associate for five years at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. Joshua is married to Laura and they have two children who keep them on their toes. Joshua is an avid golfer, micro-blogger, and aspiring plotter of goodness.   


The Reverend Joan Kilian
Associate Rector

Outreach and Mission
704-714-6955
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Joan received her Masters of Divinity degree from the University of the South School of Theology at Sewanee. She has extensive experience in parish ministry, previously serving as the Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Statesboro, Georgia. Prior to becoming a priest, Joan served in the United States Navy and Navy Reserve. She retired at the rank of Commander after 20 years of service. In addition to her strong passion for outreach, Joan likes being outdoors while hiking, gardening, and participating in community service. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her two cats.


The Reverend Lisa Saunders
Associate Rector

Congregational Care
704-714-6952
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Lisa oversees pastoral care ministries at Christ Church in coordination with the other clergy. 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.