The Very Rev. Charles F. Edgar, III
Dean Edgar is the Planting Pastor, Rector and Dean of The Cathedral Church of the Apostles (Diocese of the Carolinas) in Columbia, SC, where he has served since 2004. During that time, he oversaw the growth of the church from a core group of 25 to an average Sunday attendance of nearly 400. He served as the Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, IL from 1997 – 2004; as the Canon Pastor at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, FL from 1994 – 1997 and as the Curate at St. Paul’s Church, Chattanooga, TN from 1993 – 1994. Dean Edgar and his wife, Beth, have been married for 32 years. They have five grown children and a new granddaughter.
From his profile:
“I have a strong background in pastoral ministry and parish leadership, and a passion for seeing people come to know and live out the grace of God through Jesus Christ in their lives. I want to see churches live out the values of the Kingdom of God in every area of life.”
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The Very Rev. Chip Edgar
Date of Birth: August 25, 1964
Family: Chip and Beth have been married for almost 32 years and have five children: Chase (Jessica), John (Amanda), Anne Tyler (Jacob Walhout), Mei Mei, and Liza.
Current Position: Dean and Rector of Church of the Apostles, Columbia, the Cathedral of the Diocese of the Carolinas.
Personal Reflection on Ministry Highlights: “I have loved each parish I’ve served these past 28 years, but my years in Columbia have been the most rewarding: from planting the church, to seeing it grow in size, depth, and influence. We have raised up and sent out more than a dozen priests to plant, restart, and pastor churches from Seattle to the Florida panhandle, and we recently planted a daughter congregation in Lexington, SC. I believe that in spite of all the challenges we see in the world around us, the Kingdom is advancing, and that the local parish is God’s “Plan Only” for the redemption of the world.”
Where I experience passion in ministry: “I have a strong background in pastoral ministry and parish leadership, but my passion is seeing people come to know and live out the grace of God through Jesus Christ in their lives. I want to see churches live out the values of the Kingdom of God in every area of life, and I want God’s people to know that they are loved by him, and secure in his grace and mercy. If we faithfully live in the freedom that comes from that deep, heartfelt knowledge, I believe that grace and love will flow out from our churches and transform our communities.”
Past Work Experience: Rector, St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, IL from 1997 – 2004;
Canon Pastor at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Orlando, FL from 1994 – 1997; Curate at St Paul’s Church, Chattanooga, TN from 1993 – 1994.
Educational Background: STM in Anglican Studies from the School of Theology at the University
of the South, Sewanee, TN; MDiv. from Trinity Evangelical School in Deerfield, IL; BA in Physical Education from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
Diocesan or Additional Service: Standing Committee, Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas, 2018 –
present (President since 2019); Delegate ACNA Provincial Assemblies, 2019 – present;
ACNA Liturgy and Prayer Book Task Force, 2010 – 2016; Bishop and Trustees, Diocese of Chicago
(TEC), 2001 – 2003; Board Member Institute for Professional Youth Ministry, Orlando, FL 1994-1997.
Personal Interests: “I love to read, especially the English Christian writers (e.g. George MacDonald, GK Chesterton, CS Lewis), contemporary American novels, and have a budding interest in poetry. I play guitar (adequately) and am a wannabe triathlete.”