Dr. Charles Lake presently serves as Executive Director of Growth Ministries and Consultant for Discipleship for the Southern Territory of the Salvation Army.
In 1977 Dr. Lake became the founding Pastor of a unique, independent, interdenominational church in Greenwood, Indiana. He served as Senior Pastor for twenty-eight years. During those years, the church planted ten daughter churches. In addition, grand-daughter and great grand-daughter churches now total a network of churches numbering thirty-four congregations in the U. S. and Brazil, S. A.
During his pastorate, Dr. Lake authored Discipleship Training: An Experience in Training and Accountability. The material, consisting of 10 nine-week levels of small group discipleship training, is being used by churches and Salvation Army Corps throughout the US and Canada. It has been translated into 6 different languages.
During his 28-year ministry in Greenwood, the church’s annual mission budget exceeded a half a million dollars and the network of churches’ combined giving over $1.2 million. He is involved annually in overseas speaking engagements which have included national pastor's conferences, missionary retreats and seminary teaching. Dr. Lake serves as an adjunct professor at the West Africa Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria.
He has served on a number of boards of both Christian and civic organizations including the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, OMS International, Overseas Council for Theological Education, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Wheeler Mission Ministries. He vice-chaired the Executive Committee for the ’99 Indiana Billy Graham Crusade.
Dr. Lake earned an AB degree from Asbury College; an MA degree from Butler University; and an MDiv and DMin
from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Dr. Lake and his wife, Vicki have two married daughters, two son-in-laws and two grandsons.