Pastor Chuck Baldwin's Bio
Dr. Chuck Baldwin
BORN: May 3, 1952, to Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Baldwin in La Porte, Indiana. Chuck’s father, Ed Baldwin, was a welder by trade and a converted alcoholic. His life story has been played over the international radio program, “Unshackled.” He was a lay preacher in the jails and prisons of Northern Indiana for over 35 years.
FAMILY: Chuck is married to the former Miss Connie Kay Cole. Chuck and Connie were married on June 2, 1973, after meeting in college. They have three children. All three children and their families are active, dedicated Christians. Their daughter, Sarah Beth, is married to Allan Baker, who owns a Structural Engineering company. Sarah is a dynamic ladies’ conference speaker and pianist. They have three children, which are homeschooled. One son, Christopher, is married to the former Miss Jana McCoy. They have three children. Chris is a master plumber, gunsmith, and firearms instructor. He is the manager of a firearms manufacturing company. The youngest son, Timothy, is married to the former Miss Jennifer Hanssen. He is a former Florida Assistant State Attorney (called District Attorney in some states) who now works for a notable law firm in Kalispell, MT. Tim is also the author of a large book on American law and history entitled FREEDOM FOR A CHANGE, published by Agrapha Publishing. He is also the co-author (with his dad) of a book entitled “Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission,” and a new book, also co-authored with his dad, entitled, “To Keep or Not To Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns.” Tim and Jennifer have three children.
CALL TO MINISTRY: As a young man, Chuck had decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. His plan was to join the U.S. Marine Corps and afterward begin working as a Deputy Sheriff in La Porte County, Indiana. The Sheriff at that time was Cliff Arnold. (Arnold later became an Indiana State Representative.) Mr. Arnold had told Chuck that following his tour in the Marines, a position at the Sheriff’s office was waiting for him. All that changed in the summer of 1970 when Chuck answered the divine call to Gospel minisitry. As a result, instead of joining the Marines, Chuck enrolled in Bible College.
EDUCATION: After graduating from La Porte High School in 1971 Chuck attended Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan, for two years. He then married and moved to Lynchburg, Virginia. He enrolled in the Thomas Road Bible Institute (now known as the Liberty Bible Institute at Liberty University) and graduated with his Bible Diploma. He then earned his Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology degrees via external degree programs from Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Chuck received his first honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Christian Bible College. He received his second honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida. On this occasion Dr. Baldwin brought the Commencement Address to a crowd of over 5,000.
FOUNDER-PASTOR of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Baldwin and his wife met with four others on June 22, 1975, for the first meeting of the Crossroad Baptist Church. The church was organized in September of that year. Six acres of prime property were purchased in 1978. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence. The church has gone through five building programs, including a 750-seat auditorium and office complex. While Dr. Baldwin was pastor, some of the choice spiritual and political leaders of the nation have spoken in this pulpit including Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Reform Party Presidential Candidate Pat Buchanan, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, Evangelist Pete Rice, U.S.S. Pueblo Intellegence Officer Lt. Commander Steven Harris, Author Salem Kirban, Vietnam Veteran/Evangelist Tim Lee, Author & Liberty University Professor Harold Willmington, Rep. Joe Scarborough, Rep. Jeff Miller, Tortured For Christ Author Harlan Popov, Evangelist Chuck Millhuff, Pastor Walt Hanford, Author/Evangelist Don Boys, Author/Evangelist/ WW II Veteran Kenny McComas, Captain Eugene “Red” McDaniel, Businessman Stanley Tam, Dr. Reed Bell, “Top Gun” Pilot/Gulf War Veteran Commander Sandy Jones, Alabama Governor Fob James, Jr., Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, 2000 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Howard Phillips, Reform Party Vice Presidential Candidate Ezola Foster, D. James Kennedy Associate Janet Folger, 2004 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Michael Peroutka, Former Pastor of the Indianapolis Baptist Temple, Dr. Greg Dixon, Ambassador Alan Keyes, Dorchester County (SC) Sheriff Ray Nash, and others.
RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: For 8 years, Dr. Baldwin was the host of a lively, hard-hitting radio talk show called, “Chuck Baldwin Live.” This was broadcast locally for 6 years and then was sydicated nationally for 2 years. This show was highly successful in helping to elect conservatives to local, state and national offices. “Chuck Baldwin Live” was regarded as perhaps the most influential voice in the Florida Panhandle for conservative, constitutional, Christian principles. Chuck’s guest list reads like a “Who’s Who” from both the local and national scene.
MORAL MAJORITY LEADER: From 1980-1984 Dr. Baldwin served as Pensacola Chairman, and then State Chairman of the Florida Moral Majority. Through these efforts many successful rallies and conferences were conducted. (One rally drew nearly 2,000 people during a driving rain storm.) Pro-family legislation was enacted, and Christians were educated as to moral-political information and involvement. Also, thousands of new conservative voters were generated.
AUTHOR: Chuck has authored several books. The first is entitled “Subjects Seldom Spoken On” which contains eleven sermons not normally addressed. The second, “This Is The Life,” is a verse-by-verse exposition of the Epistles of John. Numerous theological booklets have also been written by Dr. Baldwin, including the popular, “Let’s Look at Legalism,” and “What Every Christian Should Know About Islam.” Through his radio program Dr. Baldwin has edited and produced “The Freedom Documents.” This volume contains over fifty of the most important and influential documents of American history. No where else that we know of can you find these great, historic documents under one title. Chuck and his son, Tim, have also co-authored a book entitled, “Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission,” and a new book entitled, “To Keep or Not To Kepp: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns.” Chuck also writes weekly editorials that are sent to tens of thousands of subscribers electronically. These editorial opinions are also carried by scores of newspapers, newsletters, and Internet web sites around the country.
NEWSPAPER AND INTERNET COLUMNIST: Chuck Baldwin is a prolific writer/columnist whose articles and political commentaries are carried by a host of Internet sites, newspapers, and news magazines. His columns have appeared in such national publications as Insight magazine. His articles are featured regularly on a plethora of Internet news sites. His columns also appear regularly in newspapers, journals, and periodicals nationally.
MEDIA APPEARANCES: Chuck has appeared on virtually every local media outlet in the Pensacola, Florida area including television, radio, and newspaper. He has also appeared on national television networks. ABC NEWS once filmed his radio broadcast for a feature story. He has appeared on national news shows such as Scarborough Country on MSNBC, Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs on CNN, and Neil Cavuto on FOX NEWS. He has been feautured several times on CSPAN. He has appeared on the GERMAN RADIO NETWORK, and the BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION’S television network. Mr. Baldwin was also featured on POTUS ’08, the political news station of XM RADIO. Chuck has also been featured in national magazines and newspapers such as ESQUIRE, THE MIAMI HERALD, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, THE SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE, THE LONDON TELEGRAPH, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, and THE NEW AMERICAN.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 2004: On May 2, 2004, Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Michael Peroutka asked Dr. Baldwin to join him as his Vice Presidential running mate for the 2004 general election. The Constitution Party officially selected Michael Peroutka as its Presidential candidate and Dr. Chuck Baldwin as its Vice Presidential candidate at its national convention in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania on June 25th and 26th, 2004.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 2008: On April 26, 2008, state delegates of the Constitution Party elected Chuck Baldwin to be their Presidential candidate during their national nominating convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Chuck won the nomination with a percentage vote of 74% to 24% over Ambassador Alan Keyes. Chuck chose Memphis, Tennessee, attorney Darrell Castle, a former Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran, to be his Vice Presidential running mate. During the campaign, and afterward, Mr. Baldwin travelled more than 100,000 miles and visited more than 40 states to promote his message of liberty and constitutional government. On Election Day, November 4, Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle received more than 200,000 votes, which is a record for any Constitution Party Presidential/Vice Presidential ticket. Chuck was also endorsed by Texas Republican Congressman Dr. Ron Paul during this campaign.
MOVE TO MONTANA: In October 2010, Dr. Baldwin and his entire family and extended family (5 heads of households & 18 family members in all) moved to the Flathead Valley of Montana. In January, 2011, the family started a new church, which is named LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP. This is an unoragnized, unincorporated, nondenominational church fellowship located in the city of Kalispell. The current meeting place is the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Conference Center, located on Highway 93 South. The service begins each Sunday afternoon at 2pm Mountain Time. The service is also livestreamed over the Internet and is faithfully viewed by people across the country. The fellowship website is LibertyFellowshipMontana.com. Immediately after its conception, LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP began averaging between 150-200 freedom-minded Montanans in each service, some who drive over 100 miles one way to attend. Chuck speaks frequently at public events all around the State of Montana.
DISTINCTIONS: Chuck Baldwin has preached in churches all over the United States and overseas. He has spoken (Chuck’s Speeches) at several notable events including being the keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary of D-Day celebration at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Baldwin has been proclaimed an honorary member of both the Pensacola City Council and the Women for Responsible Legislation. He has appeared before the Tiger Bay Club as well as several civic organizations. He has also been the guest of honor at a meeting of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was also awarded the Bronze Medal of Patriotism by the Sons of the American Revolution.
Twice, Dr. Baldwin was proclaimed “Minister Of The Day” in the Florida House of Representatives. Recently, this distinction was awarded him by the Florida State Senate. Also, Pastor Baldwin has had audiences with former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr. and Governors Bob Martinez, Fob James, Jr. and Jeb Bush. He has also been officially recognized by the Escambia County Florida Sheriff’s Office as an Honorary Deputy Sheriff.
Dr. Baldwin has shared membership of the Board of Directors for Gospel Radio Latin America (G.R.L.A.) in Ft. Worth, Texas, and on the Board of Regional Vice Presidents for Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida. He received the “National Medal of Patriotism” award from the American Police Hall of Fame and is a volunteer chaplain at the State Prison in Century, Florida. He is also listed in “Who’s Who of the Gulf Coast.”
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