“Pastor Charlie” began his ministry with us in summer 2011 coming to OPPC from Germantown Presbyterian Church in Germantown, TN where his ministry was described as “high energy, enthusiastic, warm, caring, accessible, evangelistic in focus, and theologically grounded.” He is deeply committed to discerning God’s will for his life and for the congregations he serves. With exceptional qualifications and experience (sixteen interims) Charlie is committed to furthering the strategic plan of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and spiritually nurturing us all in our exciting time of transition.
Charlie says, “I believe that the Christian gospel is the most liberating message in the world. In believing that I maintain that Christ offers resurrection and forgiveness in community that is the most generous and inclusive culture we can imagine. As Jesus is God’s love personified, the Church is God’s love organized, which means that a Christian congregation does not exist for itself but for the world with both a local and international mission.”
Charlie received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Duke, his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton, and had a graduate fellowship in biblical languages and literature at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) as well as doctoral studies at McCormick in Chicago. Preceding his “interim ministry callings,” he served nine years as the organizing pastor of a Presbyterian congregation in San Jose, CA.
Charlie and his wonderful wife (Mimi) live in Carmel. He has three delightful daughters, two great sons-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren (who all live in the San Francisco Bay area). Beyond his love for God, his family, and parish ministry, Charlie enjoys good coffee, the game of golf, reading, surfing the Internet, early classical music, country western music, foreign films, international travel, and all Duke athletic teams.