Rev. Charles R. Exley, (Ret.)
The Rev. Charles R. Exley, now retired from full-time pastoral ministry, is a graduate of the University of New Mexico
, Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, California. Upon completion of his academic training, Pastor Exley served a year of internship at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Littleton, Colorado.He was ordained in April 1971, accepting a call to become pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bossier City, Louisiana.After five years in Louisiana, he returned to the Rocky Mountain Synod, becoming pastor of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Lakewood, Colorado.He served as their pastor for 25 years, retiring in May 2001.During his time at Resurrection Church, Pastor Exley served in many leadership roles within the Synod and the Lakewood community.He served as an Educational Ministry Consultant, organized and presented two conferences on Small Church Ministries, chaired a task force to redevelop the Synod's Worship Committee, and was elected twice to the Congregational Ministries Board.Chuck is also a graduate of Leadership Jefferson County and the Lakewood Citizens' Police Academy.In addition he served for ten years as a member of Leadership Jefferson County's Steering Committee.Appointed by the Chief Judge of Colorado's First Judicial District, Pastor Exley represented the community-at-large on the Domestic Violence Treatment Providers' Certification Board, evaluating and certifying counseling agencies who receive court-ordered clients convicted of domestic violence.In 1994, Chuck Exley was appointed to the "25th Birthday Commission" for the city of Lakewood, Colorado.
In that role he
published a book on the churches of Lakewood and collaborated with his
son to write a hymn used by Lakewood churches.Having written for many periodicals, Pastor Exley served three years as a regular columnist for a statewide Lutheran newspaper.He
has also written many short stories, one of which was recently selected for use by the organization Alzheimer's Outreach.Chuck
has been married to Carol for the past 21 years.He
has two children - a son Joe, who lives with his
wife in New York City, and a daughter Karen, who continues to reside in Denver.Upon retirement he
returned to New Mexico, his
childhood home.As he
puts it, "The desert continued to call."