Chad Connelly was born and raised in Prosperity, South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Chad received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through Clemson’s ROTC program and served in the South Carolina Army National Guard as a Tank Commander and Platoon Leader of SC’s 2/263 Armored in Gaffney and York. Chad then worked in the private sector where he became the youngest senior manager for PSI, a national engineering firm. While at PSI he managed over 100 employees in eight separate locations.
After 8 years Chad decided to start his own small business. His firm helped entrepreneurs begin and grow their own small businesses leading to a coaching, speaking and consulting career. Chad also remained active in conservative causes. He was elected and also re-elected as Chairman of the SC Republican Party. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus then tapped Connelly to serve as the RNC’s first-ever National Director of Faith Engagement. He has since traveled to 40 states and spoken to over 80,000 pastors and faith leaders about the importance of getting more involved in the political process.