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.