Meet Our Pastor
Pastoral Biography Rev. Charlie E. Dates
In 2011, at age 30, Rev. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 93-year history.
Rev. Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Divinity Degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
In 2002, Rev. Charlie served as an apprentice to Pastor K. Edward Copeland and started his formal, practical training at the New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford, Illinois. In 2006, he began serving as the primary preaching assistant to the Rev. James Meeks, Director of Church Operations and as Pastor of Adult Ministries at the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.
He is currently earning the PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His original research documents the life and ministry of Rev. Clay Evans, the company of mid-20th Century African-American Great Migration pastors, and their historic Bronzeville churches.
By the end of his second year, the Lord favored Progressive to see the addition of nearly one thousand new members.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute and on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department.
Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates.
To watch an extended biographical interview with Pastor Charlie, please click here. This interview was recorded by Pastor H. B. Charles, Jr. at the Shiloh Metropolitan Church in Jacksonville, FL.