Following his retirement in late 2017 from full-time congregational ministry (after serving over eight years as Senior Pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Colorado Springs, Colorado), Dr. Charles (Chuck) Blaisdell joined the staff of CBLF in January 2018 as Regional Mission Interpreter for the Western Region. Prior to his ministry in Colorado Springs (where he led the congregation in innovative approaches to annual stewardship along with a successful $500,000 capital campaign), he served as pastor of the Hilo Coast United Church of Christ in Honomu, Hawaii. Before that he was Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Northern California and Nevada. He has also served churches in Indiana and Texas, and has been on the staff of Christian Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University. He has earned degrees from Texas Christian University (where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa), the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, and Christian Theological Seminary.
In May, 2012, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree by Christian Theological Seminary. Chuck has had a number of sermons, articles, and book reviews published, and he is the editor of the book Conservative, Moderate, Liberal: The Biblical Authority Debate. He also currently chairs the Board of Directors for Chalice Press/Christian Board of Publication (the publishing ministry for the Disciples), and is a part-time “Ministry Assistant” for the Week of Compassion (the Disciples’ version of One Great Hour of Sharing). He has presented numerous workshops and seminars on stewardship, church transformation and growth, and cultural changes that affect the mainline church. He and his wife, the Rev. Barbara Blaisdell, who serves as Senior Pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tacoma, Washington, have four adult children and three grandchildren.