Rev. Dr. Charlie Edward Dates

In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 95-year history.

Rev. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Divinity Degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield IL.  In 2002, Rev. Charlie served as an apprentice to Pastor K. Edward Copeland and started his formal, practical training at New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford IL. In 2006, he began serving as the primary preaching assistant to Rev. James Meek, Director of Church Operation and as Pastor of Adult Ministries at the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. He successfully defended his dissertation for the PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Hi original research focuses on the health of proclamation in late 20th Century Black Church Chicago.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute and currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. He is a contributor to the 2014 book, Letters to a Birmingham Jail.