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Progressive is a church that believes that Jesus is the answer. At Progressive, you will find consistent Biblical preaching, authentic community, and hope for life.
Dr. Charlie E. Dates
In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor in Progressive’s rich 99-year history.
Pastor Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and both a Master of Divinity Degree and PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He successfully defended his dissertation for the PhD in Historical Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His original research focuses on the burden of black preaching in late 20th Century Chicago.
Before coming to Progressive, Pastor Charlie served at The New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford and at The Salem Baptist Church of Chicago.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Charlie is a Contributing Editor for Preaching Magazine, an affiliate professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and an Adjunct Professor at the Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Dates also serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Chicago Fire Department. He is a contributor to the 2014 book Letters To A Birmingham Jail.
Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates.
Pastor Charlie is widely invited to preach at churches, conferences and universities throughout the United States. To invite Dr. Dates to speak at your next event, please complete the Speaker Request form. For questions or to reach his office, please contact Shonta Connolly at [email protected] or (773) 268-6048.