Pastor Chuck Baldwin's Bio
BORN: May 3, 1952, to Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Baldwin in La Porte, Indiana. Chuck’s father, Ed Baldwin, was a master welder by trade and a converted alcoholic. Ed's deliverance from alcohol addiction is one of the great miracle stories of the 20th Century. The international radio program “Unshackled” at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago produced two dramatic reenactments of Ed's life story. He was an ordained chaplain 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 and ten grandchildren. Their oldest child Sarah is a school teacher and is married to Allan, who owns a structural engineer company. Their son Chris owns a construction company. And their son Tim is an attorney. All three children and their families are active, dedicated Christians.
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 family friend, 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 the Gospel ministry under the music and preaching of Evangelist Bill and Jan Pappadopoulos--known as "The King's Trumpeter"--at the First Baptist Church in Winamac, Indiana. The pastor was Rev. Larsene "Bud" Hall. As a result, after graduating from high school, Chuck enrolled in Bible College.
EDUCATION: After graduating from La Porte (Indiana) 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 Willmington School of the Bible at Liberty University) and graduated with his Bible Diploma. He then earned his Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology degrees from Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Chuck received his first Doctor of Divinity degree from Christian Bible College. He received his second 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 attendees, including faculty, staff, graduates, students, families, friends and visitors. Dr. Baldwin also served as a Regional Vice President of Trinity Baptist College for many years.
ORDAINED TO MINISTRY: On May 25, 1975, Chuck Baldwin was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at the Faith Baptist Church in La Porte, Indiana, with the Rev. Dr. Jack Cox officiating. Signatories to Chuck's Ordination Certificate were council members Dr. Jack Cox, Rev. Robert Flannery, Rev. Larsene "Bud" Hall, Rev. Ed Baldwin, Deacon Victor Moore, Deacon Wayne Dingman, and Deacon Wade Hutson.
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 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 in writing by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence. Under Pastor Baldwin's leadership, the church went through five building programs, including a 750-seat auditorium and office complex. Attendances of over 1,000 were reached numerous times, and thousands of people professed Christ as Savior and followed the Lord in Believer's Baptism during Pastor Baldwin's 35-year tenure at the church. Pastor Baldwin led the church to support scores of missionaries around the world, and several young men were called to preach under Pastor Baldwin's ministry at Crossroad Baptist Church. While Dr. Baldwin was pastor, some of the choice spiritual and political leaders of the nation spoke 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 Intelligence 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 His Faith Author Haralan 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, Co-Founder of Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, Dr. Reed Bell, “Top Gun” Pilot/Gulf War Veteran Commander Sandy Jones, Alabama Governor Fob James, Jr., 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 many others.
RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: For 8 years (1994-2002), 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 syndicated 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 scenes.
MORAL MAJORITY LEADER: From 1979-1989 Dr. Baldwin served as Pensacola Chairman and then as State Chairman of the Florida Moral Majority. Chuck often traveled with Dr. Jerry Falwell for meetings and rallies throughout the State of Florida, in Washington, D.C., and even overseas. One Florida rally drew 2,000 people during a driving rain storm. Dr. Falwell featured Pastor Baldwin in his Liberty Journal and also on his Old Time Gospel Hour television broadcast. Chuck's efforts throughout the State of Florida helped to register over 50,000 new voters during the 1980 presidential campaign season and helped to elect several local and State conservative, pro-life legislators, city councilmen, county commissioners, etc. throughout the 1980s and 90s. Chuck was also very instrumental in helping to elect Joe Scarborough to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. In 1996, Pastor Baldwin led the Escambia County Republican delegation to nominate Pat Buchanan for President of The United States at the Florida Republican State Convention in Orlando. Escambia County was the only county to NOT nominate Bob Dole.
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." 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. Nowhere else that we know of can you find these great, historic documents under one title. Chuck and his son Tim have also co-authored two books entitled Romans 13: The True Meaning Of Submission and To Keep Or Not To Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns.”
NEWSPAPER AND INTERNET COLUMNIST: Chuck Baldwin is a prolific writer/columnist whose articles and political commentaries are carried nationally by a host of newspapers, Internet websites, magazines and periodicals. These editorials are also sent to tens of thousands of subscribers electronically. Readership of Dr. Baldwin's columns numbers in the hundreds of thousands.
MEDIA APPEARANCES: Chuck has appeared on several national television networks. ABC NEWS once filmed his radio broadcast for a feature story. He has appeared on national news shows such as CNN HEADLINE NEWS, Scarborough Country on MSNBC, Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs on CNN and Neil Cavuto on FOX NEWS. He has been featured several times on CSPAN. He has also been featured on the DISCOVERY CHANNEL. 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. He has been a frequent guest on the ALEX JONES SHOW. 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. Chuck has been interviewed on scores of radio stations all over the country, including THE TED BROER SHOW, GEOENGINEERING WATCH, WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS, HAGMANN AND HAGMANN, Larry Pratt and the GUN OWNERS NEWS HOUR, THE JACK BLOOD SHOW, AL JAZEERA AMERICA, THE GEORGE PUTMAN SHOW, THE AMERICAN FREE PRESS, and ISRAELI NEWS LIVE. He has been featured in Spain's second largest newspaper EL MUNDO, GEOPOLITICS & EMPIRE PODCAST, Kazakhstan, THE SYRIAN TIMES, ALMAYADEEN NEWS CHANNEL in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as KLA-TV in Germany and Switzerland.
MOVIE APPEARANCES: Dr. Baldwin has been featured in 15 full-length documentary films and is currently involved in the production of others. Find Dr. Baldwin's movie database online here.
VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE 2004: On May 2, 2004, Constitution Party presidential nominee 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 nominee and Dr. Chuck Baldwin as its Vice Presidential nominee at its national convention in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, on June 25th and 26th, 2004.
PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE 2008: On April 26, 2008, state delegates of the Constitution Party elected Chuck Baldwin to be their presidential nominee 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 combat veteran—to be his Vice Presidential running mate. On Election Day, November 4, Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle received more than 200,000 votes, which was 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 & 17 family members in all) moved to the Flathead Valley of Montana. In January, 2011, the family started a new fellowship, which is named LIBERTY FELLOWSHIP. This is an unorganized, unincorporated, nondenominational, non-501c3 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 live streamed over the Internet and is faithfully viewed by tens of thousands of people across the world. The fellowship website is LibertyFellowshipMT.com. Chuck speaks frequently at events all over the country. Dr. Baldwin has traveled over 1,000,000 miles across the continental Unites States.
DISTINCTIONS: Pastor Baldwin has preached in churches all over the United States and overseas—including in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine and in the city of Jerusalem. He has spoken (Chuck’s Speeches) at several notable events including being the keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary of the D-Day celebration at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. He was also a keynote speaker at the 50th anniversary celebration of the John Birch Society in Appleton, Wisconsin.
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” by the Florida House of Representatives and 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, along with countless congressmen and senators. He has also been officially recognized by the Escambia County Florida Sheriff’s Office (Sheriff Ron McNesby) as an Honorary Deputy Sheriff.
Dr. Baldwin sat on 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 was a volunteer chaplain at the State Prison in Century, Florida. He was also listed in “Who’s Who of the Gulf Coast.”
See the Wikipedia entry for Chuck Baldwin here.