Dr. Charles Lake
...Dr. Charles Lake
...Dr. Charles LakeDr. Charles Lake presently serves as part-time Senior Consultant for Parent Church Planting for New Church Specialties (NCS) and Consultant for Discipleship for the Salvation Army (SA).
In 1977 Dr. Lake
became the founding pastor of the Community Church of Greenwood
, a unique, independent, interdenominational church in Greenwood, Indiana.He served as Senior Pastor for 28 years.
During those years, the church planted 11 daughter congregations, 10 in the Greenwood area and one in Lexington, Kentucky.The daughter churches, in turn, planted 10 congregations in Indiana and Kentucky and twelve in the country of Brazil, SA
.The network of churches numbered 32 congregations.
pastorate, Dr. Lake
authored Discipleship Training: An Experience in Training and Accountability.The material, consisting in 10 nine-week levels of small group discipleship training, is being used by churches throughout the US and Canada.It has been translated into 6 different languages.Recently, the Salvation Army
adopted the program as their tool for making disciples world-wide.
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 church dedications. Dr. Lake regularly teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Bethel College Graduate School in Mishawaka, Indiana and at the Indianapolis extension of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School . Prior to becoming a pastor in Greenwood, Dr. Lake served for eight years with OMS International, a mission organization headquartered in Greenwood.During that ministry he lived one year in Australia and spoke extensively in the countries of New Zealand, British Isles, South Africa and Canada. Before coming to OMS he pastored for eight years at the World Gospel Church in Terre Haute, Indiana, a church known for its outstanding missions emphasis.He has served as a board member of the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, OMS International , Overseas Council for Theological Education (now reSource Leadership International , the National Association of Evangelicals , and served as President of the Greenwood Ministerial Association.He
also served as a member of the Indianapolis Mayor's Task Force for Family and Neighborhood Projects, as Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Care Center and participated in its merger with Wheeler Mission Ministries serving two terms on their Board of Trustees.He
chaired the White River Township Growth and Development Task Force and serves on the nominating committee of Leadership Johnson County.He
vice-chaired of the Executive Committee for the '99 Indiana Billy Graham Crusade. Dr. Lake
earned an AB from Asbury College
; an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary
; an MA from Butler University ; and a D.Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary.Dr. Lake
wife, Vicki, presently reside in Greenwood.