The Rev. Christopher S. Warner
The Rev. Chris Warner has been the rector of the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island and Daniel Island since 2015 and served as Associate Rector from 2002 to 2007 and from 2011 to 2015. He successfully led Holy Cross in a transition from a “seeker” model church to a relational and discipleship model church. Between his two terms of service at Holy Cross, he also served as rector and director of St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center. With a staff of 60, he transformed the camp to become a ministry of rest, restoration, and renewal. He and his wife, Catherine, have been married since 1993. They have three children.
From his profile:
“My call from the Lord is to teach, preach, pray and lead (Acts 6:4) and my purpose in life is to know God and make God’s glory known. This glory is the glory of the One and Only Son who is full of grace and truth (John 1:14). My passion has been to help people come alive in Christ, live from the Father’s heart as his beloved children, and then grow as disciples who make disciples of others. My great loves in this life are my wife Catherine and our three children: Anna, Caroline and Nathan.”
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Date of Birth: December 21, 1969
Family: Married to Catherine since 1993; Children, Anna (26), Caroline (23) and Nathan (22)
Current Position: Rector of the Church of the Holy Cross, Sullivan’s Island and Daniel Island, SC.
Personal Reflection on Ministry Highlights: My ministry has been an amazing journey in God’s grace; following Him and joining what He’s doing. Highlights include: The Men’s Hike Ministry – leading men to salvation and life change and teaching them to minister to others; Holy Cross – a multi-campus church is like a mini-diocese- I’ve been able to steward and lead it in depth of discipleship and mission, while maintaining unity; St. Christopher – its turnaround required courageous decisions, truth-speaking and visionary leadership; above all my family – my wife Catherine is thriving and growing in her ministry and our young-adult children walk with the Lord, serve the Church, and lead others to know Jesus.
Past Work Experience: Associate Priest, Church of the Holy Cross, (2011 to 2015); Rector and Executive Director, St. Christopher Camp and Conference Center (2007 – 2011); Associate Rector, Church of the Holy Cross (2002 – 2007); Curate, Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, GA (2000 – 2002); Analyst, Bank of America, Charlotte, NC (1997); Consultant, Broadway and Seymour, Charlotte, NC (1994 – 1997);
Educational Background: MDiv. with Honors, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA; BA, English with Specialization in Creative and Technical Writing, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Diocesan or Church Service: Commission on Ministry, Diocesan Council, Anglican Missional Partnerships Committee, Anglican Communion Development Committee, Faith Formation Board of Directors, past-chairman of Recovery Ministries, chaplain to the Men’s Conference Board, chaplain to the Daughters of the King, Leadership Training Institute – all in The Anglican Diocese of South Carolina; Participated in the revitalization of two congregations in the ADOSC (St. Peter and St. John, Charleston – which is now Good Shepherd) and Church of the Redeemer, Orangeburg; Mission trips to Liberia, Turkey and India. Helped revitalize St. Christopher. Started the Men’s Hike ministry in 2003 that continues today in approximately 40 Anglican and non-Anglican churches and has affected several thousand men and their families.
Personal Interests: (50 words): Spending time with family and friends, having adventures in the wilderness, travel, running, surfing, hiking, reading military biographies and history, watching dystopian movies, learning to play golf, practicing Trinitarian spiritual direction
Where I experience passion in ministry: (100 words)
- Seeing spiritual transformation in people’s lives and in church systems
- Collaborating with leaders to bring about Gospel growth
- Empowering people for ministry
- Praying in the authority and power of the Holy Spirit
- Leading people to Christ
- Helping other people learn to hear God for themselves
- Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ
- Leading others in healing and wholeness and care