Our Leadership

Christ is our model for servant leadership.

Our Vestry, clergy, and staff oversee all aspects of our mission and ministries.

Clergy

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-fishi...

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Chip Edens

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.

Joshua Case

Vicar for Formation and Worship

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 Atlan...

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Joshua Case

Joshua Case

Vicar for Formation and Worship

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.

Allen Pruitt

Associate Rector for Adult Spiritual Formation

Prior to joining us, Allen served for 11 years as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange, Georgia. Along with that parish work, he served as a convocational dean, on the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Atlanta, and on the faculty for “Learning to Lead,” the diocesan class ...

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Allen Pruitt

Allen Pruitt

Associate Rector for Adult Spiritual Formation

Prior to joining us, Allen served for 11 years as rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange, Georgia. Along with that parish work, he served as a convocational dean, on the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of Atlanta, and on the faculty for “Learning to Lead,” the diocesan class for clergy in new positions. Teaching, vocational discernment, and learning alongside others are important to his work.

Writing is a passion of Allen's, whether for sermons, articles, or the short novel he's been trying to finish for a few years. He also loves listening to all kinds of music, and like just about everyone on the planet, "Ted Lasso" has become a favorite show. He is a big fan of Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League and is excited about Charlotte's very own MLS team! Allen and his wife, Casey, have two girls, Abby Grace (16) and Ila (12). As a family they love to travel, and have enjoyed trips to Italy, Ukraine, the Grand Canyon, Northern California, and England. Casey and Allen both like to cook, but perhaps most enjoy hiking and sitting by our favorite north Georgia creek.

Connor Gwin

Associate Rector for Spiritual Well-being and Care

Raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Connor discerned a call to the priesthood while in college and attended seminary upon graduation. He has previously served as a School Chaplain and on a Diocesan staff. Connor is a poet and writer whose work has been published in a variety of places including Th...

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Connor Gwin

Connor Gwin

Associate Rector for Spiritual Well-being and Care

Raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Connor discerned a call to the priesthood while in college and attended seminary upon graduation. He has previously served as a School Chaplain and on a Diocesan staff. Connor is a poet and writer whose work has been published in a variety of places including The Mockingbird.

He is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross, an Anglican, Benedictine monastic community in West Park, New York. He connects with God primarily in silence, the beauty of nature, and stories of grace. Connor makes a home with his wife and two children.

Elizabeth Walker

Associate Rector for Young Adults & Families

Originally from Norfolk, Elizabeth moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Virginia. In the Pacific Northwest, Elizabeth was a middle school teacher, the Director of Christian Formation at Epiphany Parish, and an active co-op preschool parent and community member. Along with her hus...

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Elizabeth Walker

Elizabeth Walker

Associate Rector for Young Adults & Families

Originally from Norfolk, Elizabeth moved to Seattle after graduating from the University of Virginia. In the Pacific Northwest, Elizabeth was a middle school teacher, the Director of Christian Formation at Epiphany Parish, and an active co-op preschool parent and community member. Along with her husband Dave and their three children, she returned to the east coast in 2020 to attend The Virginia Theological Seminary. Christ Church is her first call to ordained ministry. Elizabeth's passion is relationships and pastoral care. She can be found sharing meals, on the soccer sidelines, and wherever she can traverse the highs and lows of life together with others.

Joan Kilian

Associate Rector for 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 St...

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Joan Kilian

Joan Kilian

Associate Rector for 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.

Emily Parker

Deacon

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 the Executive Director of Galilee Ministries of East Charlot...

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Emily Parker

Emily Parker

Deacon

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 the Executive Director of Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, which works with other community partners to offer hope for a new and better life through education, food resources, new skills and empowerment. 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.

Fred Paschall

Associate Priest
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Fred Paschall

Fred Paschall

Associate Priest

Suzanne Watts Henderson

Scholar in Residence

As Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Suzanne Watts Henderson teaches, preaches, and serves as a resource for the clergy and spiritual formation teams to foster deeper spiritual growth across the whole parish. Suzanne teaches in large and small group settings including bible studies, discussion groups, and F...

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Suzanne Watts Henderson

Suzanne Watts Henderson

Scholar in Residence

As Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Suzanne Watts Henderson teaches, preaches, and serves as a resource for the clergy and spiritual formation teams to foster deeper spiritual growth across the whole parish. Suzanne teaches in large and small group settings including bible studies, discussion groups, and Faith Forum conversations, retreats, and pilgrimages.

Suzanne is an ordained minister (Christian Church, Disciples of Christ), New Testament scholar, Queens University professor, and consultant for Interfaith America, a national nonprofit devoted to unlocking our nation’s religious diversity as a civic asset. Originally from Nashville, she has spent most of her adult life in North Carolina and holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Princeton Seminary, and Duke. She’s published numerous articles and four books, including New Testament Conversations: A Historical, Literary, and Pluralistic Introduction, and delights in sharing biblical history and story with the faithful, the doubting, and the curious. Suzanne is married to Bob, a local Presbyterian pastor; together they enjoy skiing, hiking, and traveling, especially to visit their adult children in LA, Denver, and DC.

Vestry

The Vestry is the lay governing body of Christ Church, elected during our Annual Meeting. Basic responsibilities of the Vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage finances. Our Vestry members devote a great deal of personal time to overseeing our operations. We are grateful for their dedication and continued support.

Class of 2024

Wellford Tabor
Senior Warden

Virginia Anderson
Junior Warden

Marks Arnold
Adult Spiritual Formation Liaison

Kathleen Dean
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) Liaison

Sarah Kain
Outreach Liaison

Class of 2025

Ginny Cobb
Parish Life Liaison

Lise Hinton
Youth & Family Ministries Liaison

Allison Popp
Children & Family Ministries Liaison

Carl Showalter
CCK Board Liaison

John Wickham
Outreach Liaison

Class of 2026

Charlie Deason
Generosity & Stewardship Liaison

Arrington Mixon
Adult Spiritual Formation Liaison

Laurie Howell
Well-being & Care Liaison

Margaret Siegel
Well-being & Care Liaison

Ned Waller
Liturgical/Worship Liaison

Dick Parkhurst
Treasurer

Commission and Committee Chairs

Adult Spiritual Formation
Anne Schleusner

Buildings, Grounds, and Memorials
David Kern

Children and Family Ministry
Kristin Kracke

Christ Church Preschool & Kindergarten (CCK) Board
Julia Duncan (June 2023 – May 2024)

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Katherine Vest

Generosity
Doug Ey

Outreach and Mission
Mark Landers

Parish Life
Mary Catherine Zito

Spiritual Growth
Tasse Little

Wellness
Ginny Cobb

Worship and Liturgy
Geoff Peters

Youth and Family Ministry
Darrell Palasciano

Vestry Nominations

Information is shared in the fall about how to nominate candidates for service on the Vestry. 

Christ Church Annual Meeting

First Sunday in December
10 am

All Saints’ Hall
We gather to hear the “state of Christ Church” and look ahead, as well as elect five new Vestry members for a three-year-term.