Charles live in Brandon, a suburb of Tampa, FL. He's been married tohislovely and verytalented wife, Debora for 36 years. He has two children; Matthew completed his MBA at UCF & is employed in the business banking sector of Suntrust; Christina, who's both a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and a Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, works side by side with her mother.
In his earlier years (before he became an old man!), Chuck was an
avid runner at Boca Raton High School and loved
playing racquetball & basketball. Five knee surgeries
later he still hits the road from time to time but leaves the court
games to Debora,
Charles committed his life to Christ in May of 1972 (as a high
school senior). After having grown up spending most of his
Sundays at the bowling alley with his awesome dad, Al (who passed away in 2003),
Charles began attending church (Spanish River Church) for the 1st
time in his life. Shortly thereafter his mother, Jane Ann (who passed away on my birthday in 2008) and sister, Suzi (who resides in
also made decisions to trust Christ as Savior. A few months
after a massive heart attack that should have taken his life, Al
also made the decision to accept God's wonderful grace of
he & Debora moved back to
from Gaineville in 1979 they were encouraged to find a new
church starting in the
area. James Saxon founded Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church and
from a handful of 5-10 people a new vision was birthed.
We grew and matured for some 20 years under James' leadership and
will be forever indebted to him for helping take us quite a
distance down the road on our spiritual journey.
James has since moved on & is currently a senior
pastor at Church of the Apostles in
Since that time he'd like to say that the streets have been paved
with Teflon as he glided on the ever so
clear path of life... but then again he would be fibbing just a
bit. Life has been rich but it has been full of the challenges
of losing 6 children to miscarriages as well as the usual
host of ills that befall most of us. He went through a
prolonged period of spiritual ambivalence but after studying the book of Job extensively, God
graciously removed him from the fog.
He's been attending Bay Life Church in
since 1998 & is enjoying the ministry of the church under the
tutelage of relative newcomer, Pastor Mark Saunders. I find it quite
refreshing since the leadership at Bay Life believes it to be one
small piece of the Christian mosaic, attempting to make a difference
in the community through spiritual growth & maturity in
Christ. Since it's founding in the early 90's, Bay Life has
faithfully maintained its focus to reach those who have not been
willing to grace the doors of the "traditional" church.
Tradition is outstanding & God has blessed churches and people
who honor Him. However, by the same token there is also
nothing malevolent or heretical about being germane &
Chuck gained his B.A. in Criminal Justice from USF back in 1978 (he crammed 4 years
of school into 6 years!) and 2 years later became involved in the
ever so fickle world of finance. He started Financial Alteratives in 1987 and his office is located in downtown Brandon, Fl.
By the way, if you happen to have wandered to this website and want
to know more about how you can have peace with God, please email or call me and I’d be more than happy to visit with you. I spent 18
years of my life thinking that the only way to obtain a “get into
heaven free card” was by being good enough to tip the scales in my
favor. I had no idea who Jesus was and had no clue why He
came to earth. Why in the world would the omnipotent God &
creator of the universe want to become a mere mortal man?
Why would He choose such a lowly existence & ultimately choose
to be beaten, spat upon & nailed to a cross only
to die a slow & agonizing death when He was totally
innocent of all wrongdoing? And how could some of his last
words be, "Father forgive them for they don't know
what they're doing"? Wow!
BCM/Prince Manor Reunion 2008