Senior Librarian and Portland Center Librarian
Charlie, aka Charles, started ministry as a high school retreat leader. Then, as a youth minister for two years, he began to learn about the spiritual needs of high school students. This experience led to a stint as a Minister of Christian Education. Then it was time to head to Texas and seminary. While in seminary, he pastored two small churches in rural Texas, just south of Dallas. After seminary he and his family moved to Minnesota where he served as pastor. After a few years, he answered the call to serve a large church in southeast Iowa two blocks from the Mississippi River. While he went to library school at the University of Iowa, he was an interim minister for a church just south of the Amana Colonies. He spent 18 years in ministry altogether.
Charlie is ordained by both the Independent Christian Churches and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.)
As a librarian, he started off as a children's librarian and storyteller. Fun! Then he became a catalog librarian, a reference librarian, and the head of technical services here at George Fox University. Now Charlie is the Portland Center Librarian and serving as the theological librarian for the seminary. He's been a librarian for over 26 years.
Yep. That's 44 years of work. That makes him old enough to be thinking ahead to sandy beaches and sunnier climes.