Charles is a Southern California native, growing up in Compton, California. He attended Longfellow Elementary, Walton Middle School (then it was Walton Jr. High) and Compton Sr. High School. Charles is the founding and lead pastor of Light & Life West. He and Carolyn, along with about 80 lifers (core team member in for the long haul) and a host of faithful supporters, started the church September 14, 2003 with 9 am & 11am services.
Charles received an Associates Degree in Christian Education from Boyce Bible College in Louisville, KY, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY, Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies: Church Development from Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University and post-graduate studies with the School of Pastoral Nurture: Consultation I, II, III & Telos. Charles has served as pastoral staff in churches in Louisville, Houston and Long Beach. Charles and Carolyn married in August of 2000.
Carolyn has a rich history of work and walk in the Lord. She has served in churches since her youth and has contributed her gifts in the areas of music, discipleship, counseling and women's ministries. She currently works full time for the Superior Court as an Operations Manager where she allows God to utilize her gifts to develop and equip others to be more effective leaders.
Carolyn is the Discipleship Pastor at Light & Life West and she gives leadership to our Discipleship, Life Support and W.O.W. (Women of West) ministries, servant and Leadership Development Training ; Disciplining and equipping women to disciple other women.
Carolyn was licensed as a minister in 2014 and as a pastor in May 2016. She also assists Pastor Charles in the Pulpit and spiritual leadership of the congregation.
Most of all, Charles and Carolyn are the proud parents of three dynamic children: Candyce, Jaymar and Christopher.