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 Joshua Case
Children, Youth and Families
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 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 Joan Kilian
Outreach and Mission
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 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.
The Reverend Jonathan Soyars
Interim Associate Rector
Jonathan will serve with us part-time through May 2019 to assist with preaching, teaching and celebrating the Eucharist on Sundays and other occasions. He has served Episcopal congregations in New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and most recently, St. Martin’s in Charlotte. During the week, Jonathan commutes to Louisville, KY, where he serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament at Louisville Seminary. Jonathan enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, and spending time with his wife and sons.