The Rev. Dr. Charles B. Hardwick began serving as the Executive for the Synod of the Covenant in spring, 2020. Chip is grateful that the Holy Spirit brought him to this challenging role, where he can work with the eleven presbyteries throughout Ohio and Michigan to develop ministries to help Presbyterians live more faithfully.

Before joining the Synod, Chip served the denomination as Director of Theology, Formation, and Evangelism. He has also served churches in Lake Forest, IL, Bloomington, IL, and Atlanta, GA.  His education includes a B.A. from Alma College, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, a Th.M. from Emory University, and an M.Div. and Ph.D. (preaching and worship) from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Before seminary he worked at strategy consultancy Bain and Company in Dallas and Madrid, and at Dow Corning Corporation in Kentucky and Michigan.

Chip is a trustee currently at Alma College and formerly at Princeton Theological Seminary, and has served as an adjunct professor at several seminaries. He writes the Bible Explorations column for Presbyterians Today and contributes to These Days and The Presbyterian Outlook. His Outlook article “My Mom and Me:  Theological Comfort and the Suicide Crisis” won first place in its category in the 2018 Associated Church Press Awards. His devotional book Crossbound was published for Lent, 2015.

Chip is single, grew up in Beavercreek, OH, and lives in the Detroit area, with his two cats Salsa and Queso.  He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys photography, pop culture, travel, Spanish culture, and biking. The biggest competitor to Christ’s lordship in his life is the University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.

You can friend him on Facebook and Instagram (“Chip Hardwick”) and follow him on twitter (@chiphardwick).