Classis Re-post from 2009
If you know of a church looking for a youth pastor you might want to jump all over this opportunity while you can-especially if you are in Michigan or Northern Ohio or Indiana… cause I want my son to live close. Chuk has a unique anointing on his life to reach people who hurt. He has a clear calling to be in pastoral ministry. He has outstanding references from people who have worked with him. His resume makes great reading. This is the first resume I have ever cried reading.
Chuk’s Resume (as of 2010)
Hello, my name is Charles, but my friends call me Chuk. I am the third born of eight children. I was home educated (and enjoyed it). I enjoy talking, laughing, writing, telling stories, biking, hiking, whistling, skipping, eating fresh out of the fryer donuts, taking walks on fall afternoons, driving with the windows down, apple cider, big snowflakes, salvation, bird songs in the spring, good guitars, making people smile, redemption, mason jars, pop out of glass bottles, meeting new people, reading books, fireplaces, movies that I can watch without feeling guilty, front porches, homemade bread, Jesus, sweet tea, my family, open water, sanctification, big sail boats, the wind in my face, rain in the fall, swimming in the great lakes, big waves, trout fishing, and my brothers home roasted coffee.
Growing up a pastor’s kid I assumed that being a pastor was not for me. I pursued business during high school and thought this is what I would enjoy more then anything else in life. After High School I got involved with the business world and quickly found out that no business could fulfill the desire I had in my heart to preach and care for people. The Lord has especially gifted me with the ability to preach, and has given me a deep rooted love for people. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was created to be a pastor.
How I have spent my time as a Pastor
Growing up in a Pastors family
November 1985 – present
This may seem funny but its not here to be a joke. I believe the greatest pastoral experience I have is the opportunity to grow up in a pastor’s home. I have had the opportunity to witness the good, the bad, and the ugly of Pastoral ministry. It gave me the opportunity to attend pastor’s conferences, tag along on hospital calls, be on the receiving end of some of the very worst Christmas Fruitcakes, and very best homemade pumpkin pies. I have suffered through two cups of the worst Hot Chocolate in the world just because it was her “Grandmothers Recipe”, I have spent Saturday nights cleaning bathrooms and setting up chairs with my dad when he was making a go of things with his church plant in the farmlands of central Ohio, I have waited up late at night wondering the outcome of difficult deacons meetings, and I have received inexplicable gifts from people who gave out of the goodness of their hearts. I have witnessed the goodness of the Lord firsthand.
Starbucks Coffee Co 2010 to present
Currently I am brewing coffee for a living. What I first considered to be a break from the “ministry” has turned out to be the opposite. Working in an environment filled with “unbelievers” I hear story after story of heart ache, straight from the mouths of people I trying to reach. Working for Starbucks in this environment has deepened my resolve to give the gospel, and expanded my network of people.
Summer Volunteer Grace Church Granger Indiana.
Preached for Junior High Youth Group
Riverpointe Christian Church Gross Ile, Michigan
Youth Pastor September 2009-June 2010
In September of 2009 I took the position of youth pastor at Riverpointe Christian Church(not in affiliation with the “Christian Church” Riverpointe is Baptist in history non-denominational currently) in Gross Ile, Michigan. The Lord was gracious in giving this opportunity and I enjoyed working with Pastor John Russell as he labored tirelessly in his work as Pastor.
Evangel Baptist Church Taylor, Michigan
Volunteer Youth Worker January 2009-September 2009
I did a short stint at Evangel Baptist Church (My Father is the senior pastor at Evangel) volunteering as a youth worker with the youth before taking the position at Riverpointe Christian Church.
First Baptist Church Sister Bay, Wisconsin
Youth Pastor January 2008 – January 2009
I was called to direct the youth of First Baptist along the shores of Lake Michigan in Northern Wisconsin. Upon arrival the youth program had four teens in attendance, and was directed by a faithful man named Gary. I worked hard at meeting new people and attending events in the community where I lived. The area was ripe for the picking and at the time that I left there were eighty kids in attendance. I left the area because I felt the Lord telling me too. No fighting involved? I loved the people and the people loved me.
I worked as a camp counselor at Camp Barakel in Fairview, Michigan. It was at camp that I knew Pastoral ministry was going to be the trail that I walked here on earth. I met so many kids, rich, poor, pretty, ugly, fat, skinny, black, white, and heard their stories. Out of all the kids and all the stories there was one common theme, they all needed the love of Jesus, and none of them would be happy until they knew the love of Jesus and loved Him in return. I was excited because I found a spot for myself in this world because I knew very well that as dumb as I am I can tell the story of Jesus to anyone who would listen and I knew I could organize games and activities, go to baseball games, attend dance recitals, make a fool out of myself, just to earn the chance to tell people about Jesus.
Para-church Organization (iblp) 2002-2007
I worked with my family in a Christian youth/family organization. My Dad directed a Christian Conference Center in Flint, Mi. During this time I worked serving banquets, serving lunches, community service, homeless ministry, and many other areas. I also had the chance to take a month long missions trip to Mexico during this time.
Where I was Educated.
My mother and father educated us at home for our grade school careers. They figured that would be best for us and I believe it was. My family does not feel that homeschooling is the only righteous form of education, they just liked having us around.(a decision they have regretted more then once) My dad worked hard to make sure that we received theological training and a good vocabulary while my mom took care of the rest.
I am in the process of earning my bachelors degree in History from Charter Oak State College. At present I have 117 Credit hours and am enrolled in one of my last two courses.
I plan on attending Seminary shortly after completion of my bachelor’s degree. I wish to obtain a masters degree through online learning. I wish to do this online so that I will not have to take time off from working in the local church.
Charles K. Pierpont