As the Director of Marketplace Engagement for The New York City Leadership Center, Dr. Chip Roper is building a bridge. The bridge is across the vocational divide, the disconnect many people live between their Sunday faith and their Monday reality. This compartmentalization is experienced at the individual level and is reinforced at the institutional level. Chip serves as a coach, teacher, and writer for people of faith in the workplace, and he serves as a coach and advocate to pastors who seek to understand and prepare their people for their lives at work. Chip is convinced that God’s plan for every community includes the work people do there every day. In his first year at the Leadership Center (2015), over 1,300 individuals benefited from his work.
Chip has experienced this integrated vision as a small businessman, a pastor, and a career coach/consultant. In addition to his Director work, Chip writes the blog Marketplace Faith for Patheos.com, is the principal of Next Chapter Consulting, and serves as a lay pastor at Lower Manhattan Community Church.
Chip and his wife Audrey have been married for 28 years. They have 3 daughters, Brianne 20, Abbie 18and Devan 16. They live along the East River in the Hunters Point Queens neighborhood of New York City.