Chelsea was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where her father served as a minister. Her family moved to Bakersfield, CA when she 9 years old. She attended Vanguard University where she studied Political Science and Theatre. Chelsea currently volunteers leading the music for worship at All Saints' and serves in the church office, and she also teaches music to 5K-6th grade at All Saints' Day School.
In late 2008, Chelsea sensed a call to move to South Carolina, where she met Jason Hamshaw, then Youth Minister at Prince George Church in Georgetown. They were married in January of 2010. When she is not chasing her boys or working at the church, Chelsea enjoys studying theology, teaching scripture, reading (mostly British literature- lucky she married a Brit!), theatre, and eating out just a little too often.