PASTOR CHARLIE E. DATES
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.
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 Shonta@ProgressiveChicago.org or (773) 268-6048.