The Rev. Dr. Chip Lee has served as Rector of St. Matthew’s, Oakland, and Vicar of St. John’s, Deer Park since November of 1992. Chip’s vision is to enable all members of St. Matthew’s and St. John’s to be spiritually transformed to reach out effectively as Christ’s hands and heart in the world, and supported in Christian community. The Episcopal Church in Garrett County should be a center for learning and spiritual growth – for all ages, for outreach and meaningful worship, and a place of hospitality and welcome to all.
Chip holds a D.Min. in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. His thesis, “Changing Times, Timing Change; The Rural and Small Town Church: Family Chaplaincy or Missional Community? Developing a Missional Church Ethos in the Family Church Context,” calls for a change in the way clergy are trained and called to small, rural churches so that congregations have the best opportunity to grow into missional communities. He received his M.Div. in 1989 from Church Divinty School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA, and a B.S. in Communications from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY in 1971. Prior to entering seminary in 1986, Chip worked as a broadcast program director and air personality at radio stations in Syracuse, Seattle, Anchorage, and Bend, Oregon. He served as Vicar of St. James’, Kemmerer, WY, and Vicar of St. Bartholomew’s, Cokeville, WY from 1989-1992. He also served as interim Rector of St. Paul’s, Evanston, WY for a year during this period, and currently is priest-in-charge of The Church of the Transfiguration, a summer chapel in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.