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The Reverend Chip Edens, Rector
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 Martha Hedgpeth, Associate Rector
Mission and Outreach
Marty grew up here in North Carolina and at Christ Church. She returned here as Associate Rector in 1996 after spending 31 years in New England. After graduating from Yale Divinity School, Marty served parishes in New York City, Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Conneticut. Her great passions in life include traveling, moviegoing, reading, and spending time with Sweetie, her Golden Retriever.
The Reverend Lisa Saunders, Associate Rector
A native North Carolinian, Lisa has served at Christ Church for over 20 years. Lisa graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then the Virginia Theological Seminary. Before coming to Charlotte, she worked in parishes in Alexandria, Virginia, and Miami, Florida. Lisa and her husband Tim have three children. Reading, bicycling, walking two dogs and attending children's sporting events are among her favorite activities.
The Reverend John Porter-Acee, Associate Rector
Spiritual Formation and Program Development
Born in Asheville, he and his family moved to Charlotte in 1980. The early part of his Christian formation occurred in such places as Kanuga, Brown Summit, and St. Martin's in Charlotte, where he was a member with his family for some 18 years. While studying at Virginia Theological Seminary, John married his life-long best friend and sweetheart, Whitney. Together, they have a son named Jack and a daughter Lou.
The Reverend Patty Willett, Associate Rector
Young Adults and Sages
Patty is a native of Charlotte and spent most of her adult life in Greenville, SC. She attended The School of Theology at Sewanee and has served parishes in South Carolina and Texas. Patty and her husband Buzz have three daughters and two sons in law. She enjoys yoga, walking, reading, traveling, movies and spending time with their dog Darcy.
The Reverend Matt Holcombe, Associate Rector
Spiritual Growth and Adult Formation
Matt and his family moved to Charlotte from the Philadelphia area in November 2014 after joining Christ Church. Matt was in his mid-20s and the vice president of an east coast telecommunications company when he heard the call to the priesthood. After graduating from General Theological Seminary in New York City, Matt took a position at St. David’s, a vibrant Episcopal church with over 3,000 members. Matt, his wife, and their two children enjoy bike riding, hiking, kayaking, camping, and water sports.
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