Fr Chip Edgar became the founding Rector (Sr Pastor) of Church of the Apostles in March 2004. In September of 2014, Church of the Apostles was consecrated as the Cathedral for the Southeast Region of PEARUSA by our bishop, David Bryan, and Fr Edgar was installed as the new Cathedral’s Dean.
Chip and his wife, Beth, have five children. “Our three oldest kids are now out of the house, and successfully making their ways in the world, leaving a much smaller group at home,” he says, “but I resonate completely with St John who wrote, ‘I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth’” (3 John 4).
Regarding the parish, Fr Edgar comments that "we are people who have benefited from God's grace, and we hope to be people who live that grace and make it known to others." Raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Chip received a BA in Physical Education from Wheaton College. He then worked as a Campus Minister for the Coalition for Christian Outreach before studying theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and The School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Chip was ordained a presbyter in May, 1994 and served parishes in Tennessee, Florida, and Illinois before being called to Church of the Apostles.
With a Baptist background, Fr David found himself drawn to the Anglican tradition early in his pastoral career.
Emotionally, he found that Anglicanism validated the full spectrum of life with God, not just the “nice” parts. Confession of Sin, the lectionary, and the Christian Calendar (especially Lent and Advent) affirm our experiences of suffering, faltering, waiting, and trusting.
Intellectually, Anglicanism is respectful of the traditions of the Church, knowing that to study the history of the Church is to study the work of God.
Aesthetically, Anglicanism affirms the Beauty and Goodness of God’s Creation through art, craftsmanship, and music.
Relationally, Anglicans share common ground with Baptists and Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Presbyterians, working towards Christ’s desire that we may all be one.
Pastorally, an Anglican priest has more tools at his disposal for caring for people’s souls.
Finally and most simply, Fr David was drawn to Anglicanism because of the inexpressible grace which he experienced in the Eucharist.
He completed his Masters of Divinity in Colorado at Denver Seminary in 2012 and was ordained into the Anglican church in 2013 by Bishop Ken Ross.
Fr Tom's dynamic set of talents, interests and experiences started with an AA in Graphic Arts and Photography, training in Homiletics and Hermeneutics from New Tribes Bible Institute, a BA in Bible and Theology from Columbia International University, and a Master Level in leaded stained glass which he taught in the Art departments at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Milwaukee Technical college. He has been teaching Bible in various settings to Youth, College and Adults throughout the past 30+ years while working in blacksmithing, mechanics, farming, beekeeping, and construction. His interests have led him to book collecting, violin repair, leather craftsmanship, with his first love of pastoral ministry recently leading him into the Priesthood, being consecrated into that order at Church of the Apostles in February 2010. In addition to his long standing role as Director of Adult education at Church of the Apostles, Tom now also serves as Canon Missioner.
Jan is from Sumter SC. While attending USC she met and married her husband, Bill Kaneft, and together they raised their two sons, Beau and Brent while Jan taught high school English.
When she was 35, God met her in a place of brokenness in such a powerful way that she knew that was what she would do with the rest of her life: help others find God's acceptance and healing in the midst of their brokenness.
She expressed this passion and gift of teaching from early in the days of Apostles, providing retreats and bible studies for our women.
Her faithful, fruitful ministry in spiritual guidance and encouragement led her to ordination as a Deacon in 2012.
Jan and her husband Bill together have the gift of hospitality, opening their home, particularly in the well established and beloved book club "The Inklings" which meets to read through the works of celebrated Anglican CS Lewis.
Rod was raised in West Virginia, and received a BA in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus College. He has served a High School band director, and coached high school basketball and track and field. His graduate studies were completed at The University of South Carolina.
Rod has served on the Faculty at Columbia International University for 20 years, and has been involved in church music since childhood.
Rod believes that as a Christian he is called to use his music in three ways: to worship, to express the gospel, and to encourage other believers. The desire to participate in all these areas has led him to simultaneously explore diverse musical paths. Rod recognizes that the art of learning, creating, and making music is a parable for life, and specifically, the Christian life. He finds it difficult to separate music and art from any aspect of life; therefore, it is an expression of his relationship with Christ, a tool for evangelism, and an offering back to the Giver.
Rod, and his wife Allison have three children, Jack, Will and Molly.
Eric Geisbert and his wife, Shea have four children, Caleb, Isaac, Jane, and Ruth who continually bring them joy, and challenge them to be more selfless and loving. They have been attending Apostles for almost three years. Eric came to Christ at the age of 16. However, his life didn’t change much until he attended a summer college ministry training program through Rock the World Youth Mission Alliance. That summer, he experienced a profound shift through Christ and the loving Christian community that surrounded him. He began pursuing God and the things of God. It is his hope that teenagers who know Christ will have a community like he had that summer, a community that will encourage them to become more like Christ. Since then, Eric has stayed involved in supporting youth ministry in one way or another. He enjoys the questioning, the desire for truth, the creativity, the fun, and the pressure of knowing he only gets a few years to work with the youth. He especially loves seeing the presence of Jesus Christ transform someone’s life. Youth ministry also gives Eric the opportunity to work alongside Shea and their children, as well as the fantastic team of volunteers. As the team continues this ministry, their hope is to walk alongside youth and their families, providing support and encouragement as parents disciple their teenagers.
Family Ministries Director
Marshanda graduated with a degree in Psychology and Bible from Columbia International University in 2014. She then moved to Hudson, Ohio to pursue an internship in children's ministry. Marshanda and her husband, Mike and daughter Eleanor moved back to Columbia in 2016 where they started attending Church of the Apostles, accepted the position as Children's Director and welcomed a new daughter, Edith, into their family.
My name is Julie and I am married and have four children. I currently home school three of my kids. I am a native of Ohio but have lived in Columbia for 24 years. I graduated from Malone College with a BS in elementary education. Children have always held a special place in my heart. I enjoy helping provide a safe environment for them to learn and feel the love of Jesus.
Carol moved permanently to Columbia after graduating with a BA in Bible from Columbia International University in 2004, where she first learned of Church of the Apostles when the college hosted Bishop Thad Barnum as a guest speaker. Stirred by Barnum's passion for and description of the Anglican church, she began attending Apostles regularly. Her involvement at Apostles helping with the youth eventually led to her current, full-time position as Parish Administrator.
Assistant Youth Director