In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor at Chicago’s Progressive Baptist Church; a church celebrating a distinctive 100-year history.
He earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and both the Master of Divinity and PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
Dr. Dates’ preaching and publications have been featured broadly through the United States.He is widely invited to preach at churches, conferences, and universities. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities at Progressive, Pastor Charlie serves as an Affiliate Professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and on a number of boards for Christian organizations, including Preaching Magazine and TogetherChicago. He is a contributing author to the 2014 book Letters To A Birmingham Jail, and the 2019 book, Say It: Celebrating Expository Preaching in The African American Tradition. His first solo book on the subject of Christianity and Social Justice will release in 2020 on IVP Press.
For reasons that please Him, God has blessed the Progressive Church to grow deep and wide under Pastor Charlie’s leadership.
Total Living Network believes in partnering with churches throughout our communities that hold to solid theology and have a commitment to cultural impact. Progressive Baptist Church of Chicagoland has been committed to these for over 100 years.
In the past few years as we have built a solid partnership, we have watched as Pastor Charlie Dates continues his impact throughout the Chicagoland area as a pillar of the faith with a strong commitment to Biblical truth while speaking life into Chicagoland.
We are excited to have Pastor Dates as one of our featured ministries and stand behind the ministry of Progressive Baptist Church of Chicagoland.