ABBEY LEADERSHIP

 

Abbeys are to be led and guided by an Abbot, a father, who seeks to protect and cultivate the welfare of the community. Chris Sorensen was appointed and commissioned by the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of North America to be our Abbot.  Chris oversees all of the Lead Pastors of the Mission.

 

Locally, Chris seeks the guidance of the Mission Council, a group of wise, godly lay people who meet with him regularly.  Though Chris reports directly to the Archbishop, the Council provides invaluable advice and wisdom.  Also, it is important to note that the Mission Council does have absolute authority over the finances of our church.

 

The Senior Clergy of the Mission can broadly be theologically described as adhering to a generous orthodoxy.  They believe that the Holy Spirit moves today just as He did in the Bible, and they seek to model Christ both in word and deed.  This places us well within the Anglican theological landscape, close to mid-center.

 

Chris Sorensen

 

Father Chris Sorensen is the Abbot of the Mission, an Abbey of the Anglican Communion.  Before launching Mission Chatt, Chris served as the Senior Associate Pastor of Stanwich Church, in Greenwich, CT, for seven years.  While in seminary (M.Div – Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, NY), Chris served as the Young Life Area Director in Darien, CT.  Under his leadership, Darien Young Life became one of the largest Young Life ministries in the Eastern United States.  More than 60% of the public high school participated.  In addition to his church ministry work, Chris has guest lectured on topics such as homiletics, North American missions, and worship as an adjunct/guest professor at ATS and conferences across the United States.  Chris is a worship singer/songwriter, as well as the lead-singer/guitarist for national recording artists Evensong Rising and Abacus Wave. Chris has been married to his wife Angie for more than 20 years, and they have two sons, Elijah and Wilson.