The Venerable Fr. C.B. "Chip" Harper
The San Antonio, Texas, native graduated from Texas Military Institute and Texas A&M University, earning an Air Force commission. His military service includes over thirty years in uniform including active Air Force service as well as Army and Marine Corps experience. While on active duty, he served as a public affairs officer, in nuclear combat operations, officer training, and recruiting, retiring from active duty in 2003.
Father Chip holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, minoring in Spanish, a Master of Arts degree in Personnel and a Master of Divinity degree. Additionally, he has been educated at the Defense Information Officer School, United States Air Force Command and Staff College, United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Air War College, giving him a well-informed geopolitical perspective.
Entering ministry as a deacon in November of 2002 at All Saints, he was priested in June of 2003 at St. Stephen in Athens, Texas, serving there as rector from September of 2003 until April of 2005 when he returned to All Saints.
He's active in the San Antonio community, having been a guest columnist for San Antonio's only daily paper, the Express-News, as well as the weekly North San Antonio Times and monthly Christian Beacon newspapers. He served ecumenically with groups like National Day of Prayer, Global Day of Prayer, KSLR Radio, Christian Assistance Ministry, Daily Bread Ministries, Women's Prayer International and The Gathering ministerial association. A pastoral sponsor for San Antonio's Promise Keepers San Antonio conference, he's also a member of the Christian Motorcyclist's Association-Alamo Apostles chapter and rides with the Patriot Guard Riders, escorting fallen and wounded military and their families. A go-to spokesperson for Christian viewpoints on news, he has been sought for interviews several times in various media, speaking Biblically and directly on issues of our times.
He has also served in national leadership, filling two terms on the Convocation of Anglicans in North America's (CANA) Executive Committee, and was a past president of the Society of St. Athanasius, a fellowship of Anglo-Catholic Christians. He currently serves as CANA's Western District dean of prayer and healing.
Father Chip is characterized by his high-energy, uncompromising approach to every aspect of parish life, from formal liturgy to our contemporary praise band--The Koinonia Worship Band--playing weekly at Koinonia. He loves to teach Scripture; his favorite quote from Martin Luther, who said, "Peace if possible, but Truth above all" speaks to His ministry of direct engagement.He is firmly committed to all Three Streams of Anglican spirituality--catholic, evangelical and charismatic. He loves the Lord and He loves His people.
"I think now is the time for real, Bibllically faithful but orthodox Anglican
Christianity--in the fullness of the Holy Ghost," says Father Chip. "There's just no substitute for that great combo...it's the salve for our destructured society."
Our rector loves motorcycles, long-distance biking, physical fitness, hunting, fishing, and music. He's married to the former Christie L. Albrecht -- "Miss Christie," our parish "first lady emeritus."
You can follow Father Chip on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FrChip