Meet Our Clergy
The Reverend Chip Edens
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
Worship, Outreach and Mission
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
Spiritual Growth and Adult Formation
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. Matt graduated in 2011 from The General Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to seminary, Matt was the vice president of a startup telecommunications company. He received his undergraduate degree in 2002 from Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Matt provides clergy support for Adult Formation, Spiritual Growth, and CCK Preschool and Kindergarten. He is committed to visioning, designing, and facilitating unique learning opportunities to equip and empower people to grow spiritually through relationships with God, neighbor, world, and self. Matt is a Brené Brown Certified Daring Way Facilitator, on the Advisory Board for Invite-Welcome-Connect, and on the Pastoral Response Team for the Diocese of North Carolina. Matt, his wife Alicia, and their two young children enjoy the outdoors, Friday movie nights, and laughing together!
The Reverend Patty Rhyne
Newcomers, Parish Life, Sages, and Young Adults
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. She is married to Steve Rhyne. Combined, they have five children who all live in Charlotte. Patty and Steve love walking, hiking, yoga, the mountains, and spending time with their six grandchildren, and their dog, Darcy.
The Reverend Lisa Saunders
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.