Chris Copeland

Christopher T. Copeland

Core Faculty and Certification Director

Christopher T. Copeland, M.Div., J.D. D.Min. is a teacher, spiritual director, minister, InterPlay leader and founder of Illuminating Paths, a practice of accompanying people on their paths toward greater awareness, compassion and freedom. Chris studied at Wake Forest University, Emory University and San Francisco Theological Seminary, earning degrees in mathematics, theology, law and spiritual direction. Chris has been engaging the Enneagram for more than 25 years, becoming a Certified Narrative Enneagram Teacher in 2014 and completing his doctoral dissertation on the Enneagram and spiritual practices in 2017. Chris became adjunct faculty for The Narrative Enneagram in 2018 and joined the Core Faculty in 2020. With his colleague and Certified Narrative Enneagram Teacher Sandra Smith, Chris founded Heart of the Enneagram, a podcast and companion book for those who want to dive deep into the Enneagram. A native of North Carolina, Chris lives in Winston-Salem with his husband, Bernie Newton.