Chuck grew up in the small west Tennessee town of Friendship, where he knew and was known by everyone within a radius of five miles. He became a Christian at the age of nine years old. His parents were Christians and his father served as an elder at the Friendship Church of Christ.
He met Bonnie Fetner in 1953 while attending Army Biological and Chemical Warfare School, Anniston, Alabama. The married in 1955.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee Junior College which is now known as the University of Tennessee at Martin with an Associates Degree in Medical Science (Pre-Med). He spent the next 22 years as a Naval Carrier Pilot, serving 2 years in Vietnam as a combat reconnaissance pilot. While in the Navy, he earned a BA degree in Political Science and International Relations at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rollins College.
After retiring from the Navy in 1972, he organized weekly worship services and preached at the Navy Recruit Training Command, Orlando, for 22 years. The service averaged 20 baptisms a year.
While in the Navy, he had many opportunities to serve God at state-side and foreign locations in Italy, Africa and Thailand . He has baptized converts in places like bathtubs and the Indian Ocean off the coast of Vietnam . He had frequent visits to Thailand and worked with missionaries there for two years while station on the Island of Guam and in Vietnam.
Chuck was ordained a shepherd for Concord in April 1976.
Chuck and Bonnie have four children, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Daughter Lisa Carter and husband David are missionaries in El Valle, Panama, Central America. Daughter Lauren Mitchell and husband Owen are trainers, speakers and facilitators for Marriage Dynamics Institute. Son Paul, a retired Naval Helicopter Pilot, is a song leader and wife Elizabeth, a Bible class teacher, Margaret Street Church of Christ, Milton, FL. Daughter Jayne Beshirs is a Bible class teacher and husband David, a deacon and Bible class teacher, Mayfair Church of Christ, Huntsville, AL.
Anthony J. "Tony" Washington grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and is the oldest of eight children. He became a Christian at the age of 18. He was baptized on August 02, 1969 and attended the Union Heights Church of Christ.
After spending his youth in Charleston, Tony graduated from Chicora High School and enlisted in the United States Navy on January 13, 1970. Tony spent over 20 years in the Navy and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. While in the Navy, he earned a BA degree in Business Administration at Columbia College in Columbia Missouri. Tony was on the commissioning crews of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVN-69 and Naval Hospital Orlando.
After retiring from the Navy in 1990, Tony went to work for the State of Florida at the Orange County Health Department. He is currently employed by the Lake County, Florida Health Department where he serves as a Health Educator Consultant.
He met Debra J. Cuningham while serving the Navy in San Diego, California. They have been married for over 36 years. They have three sons, Anthony II, McKethan, and Brandon and four grandchildren. Family and friends are very important to Tony and he is actively involved in the lives of his children, grandchildren and siblings.
The Navy afforded Tony the opportunity to serve God and worship and serve with many Christians, from Hawaii to North Carolina. Tony was stationed in Orlando, Florida from October 1979 through December 1982 and worshiped with the Concord Street Church of Christ. During that time he served as a Bible school teacher, quadrant leader, a deacon and in many other capacities. He returned to Orlando in 1985 and picked up where he left off. He became an Elder in April 2008.
Ulysses (UL) Campbell is a native Floridian residing in Orlando most of his life. He attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with a major in mathematics education. He met his wife Rhonda while attending FSU.
UL, as he is known, worked in the hospitality/food service industry for over 22 years, with the majority of his career in that industry, as an associte of the Ruby Tuesday Restaurants. Designated as a corporate trainer, he often traveled to different locations to train restaurant/kitchen staff to assure the uniform quality of the foods served to Ruby Tuesday diners. For the past 7 years he has been employed by Orange County I operations as a firefighter.
UL and Rhonda have one daughter, three sons and three grandchildren.
Ulysses began his service as a Shepherd in April, 2008.
Robin Pruitt was born on October 3, 1957 in Orlando, Florida. Robin attended school at Christian Home & Bible School and graduated in 1975. At the age of 11, Robin obeyed the Gospel while attending the Ocoee Church of Christ. He attended Freed-Hardeman University for 3 years before entering an electrical apprenticeship program.
In 1979, Robin met Kathy Scott at her brother's wedding. A while later in January of 1981, they began dating and after a 5 week courtship, became engaged. Robin was an electrician and Kathy was continuing her college education when they were married on July 17, 1981. In August of 1983, their first son (Matthew) was born. In 1985 Robin left the electrical industry and began working in sales. Their second son, Michael, was born in August of 1986. In 1988, Robin started his own business in sales and in February of 1990 they had their third son, Chris. Robin closed his sales company and got back into the electrical field by starting another business in 1991 which is known as Power Time Electric, Inc.
When Robin was 20 years old he began working as a volunteer youth minister with the Church of Christ of West Orange in Winter Garden FL. After 17 years in this position, a full time youth minister was hired. Robin continued to work with the youth and in 1986 became a Deacon over youth at West Orange. Robin and Kathy came to the Concord Street Church of Christ in 2010 where Robin continued to work and assist the youth program.
Robin enjoys outdoor activities such as running, boating, water skiing, telling jokes and spending time with family. Robin praises his parents for their Godly influence and patience while raising him. Throughout Robin’s life he has enjoyed helping and teaching young people.
Robin’s greatest achievement is raising three faithful boys. Matthew, his oldest, lives in Memphis, Tennessee and is working in medical sales. Michael is married to McKenna and has a 2 year old daughter (Hunter) and a 1 year old son named Thatcher.
His youngest son, Chris, attends Harding University in Searcy, AR and majors in computer science.
Robin’s passion and prayer is to continue “Teaching and assisting young people in growing closer to Christ and helping them to obey the Gospel of Christ.”