Charles was the only child born to Charlie and Emma Stuart. His parents divorced when he was about four years old. Both parents married new spouses. His dad died in the battle of Guadalcanal during the Second World War, when Charles was nine. His mother lives alone at age 92 in Bethany, Oklahoma several blocks from his sister, Judy. His sister Linda is married and lives in Texas. His sister, Charlene lives here in Houston.
Charles repented and received Jesus into his heart at the age of eleven and was sanctified at age fourteen on his door-step. At age of sixteen Charles discerned that God was calling him to preach. Before going away to college, Charles preached in several churches in Austin and twice in county jail.
After three years study at Southern Nazarene University, Charles married Carolyn Dodgen of Austin, Texas. They stayed in Bethany while Charles worked and attended classes toward completing an AB degree. Following that they stayed another year while Charles completed class-work on a THB degree.
Charles took a pastorate with the hope of finishing a paper toward completing that last degree. But that did not happen. The pastorate was a full-time job and their first child was born. However, about 30 years later Charles earned a Master of Ministry degree from Southern Nazarene University. Charles pastored in Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas. Rockdale, Odessa, Dennison, Dallas, Port Arthur and Houston are the Texas cities in which he pastored.
For eight years Carolyn and Charles was on staff at Nazarene Indian Bible College located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Carolyn worked in the business office as accounts receivable and Student Loans Officer. Charles was Student Life Director and in addition, for over a year, served as interim Academic Dean. Moreover, Charles served as an instructor, with a teaching load of from 3 to 5 classes a semester.
October 2008, Charles will celebrate ten years as minister to senior adults here at Living Word Church of the Nazarene.
Carolyn and Charles have two grown children. Rick is married to Debbie (Cotton) and Dianna is married to David Herbert. Rick and Debbie have two children, Josh and Carly. Josh married Becky and they are due their first child this December. Carly is a student at Baylor. Dianna and David have a boy and twin girls, Danae and Danielle. The girls are students at SNU and Denton respectively. Zach is married to Jennifer and is in graduate college at Pepperdine preparing for a career in law.
Charles likes golf, fishing, computer surfing, walking and mountain climbing. He also likes table games of most kinds.
Email: Pastor Charles Stuart
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