We are asking those of you who can to give $1,500 by Easter Sunday, April 9th
You can give $1,500 at one time or break it up into increments. Those of you who can do more, we are asking that you do.
We have envelopes available for your pledge if you are giving physically. You can also give online by choosing the Salem Forward fund on our giving page
MEET PASTOR DR. CHARLIE E. DATES
The passion for proclaiming was evident in the Reverend Dr. Charlie E. Dates at a very early age. As a young man he exercised his gifting at school, in church, and in the community gaining distinction for his capacity as an effective orator. He preached his first sermon at age 17 and hasn’t looked back. He served in campus ministry while a college student at Illinois, as an apprentice pastor under the leadership of Reverend Dr. K. Edward Copeland at New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford, Illinois, and in pastoral ministry at Salem Baptist Church of Chicago with Pastor James T. Meeks.
In 2011, at the age of 30, Dr. Charlie E. Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor called to serve the historic Progressive Baptist Church of Chicago. Under his compassionate leadership, Progressive is enjoying comprehensive growth. Dr. Dates is a contributing author to Letters To A Birmingham Jail, and Say It: Celebrating Expository Preaching in the African American Tradition. His first single authored book on Christianity and Social Justice is forthcoming. Additionally, Dr. Dates serves as an Affiliate Professor of the Baylor University George W. Truett Theological Seminary; Affiliate Professor of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and is called upon for conferences, summits, retreats, board memberships, and as a guest in pulpits.
Dr. Dates holds the Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and both the Master of Divinity and PhD of Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children, Charlie II and Claire.