Charles Fleming – Adjunct Assistant Professor of Leadership
MAGL: ML565A/B course; DMiss: Module 3
Background & Current Ministry
worked for Grace Communion International (formerly, Worldwide Church of God)
for over 33 years in a variety of roles: as a church pastor in Jamaica
(1978-1991); as Caribbean regional administrator (1991-1996); as a mission
developer in Latin America and the Caribbean (1996-2006); and as Caribbean
Superintendent of Missions since 2006.
In 1995 my
world was turned upside down when the denomination began a period of radical
doctrinal reform which challenged my worldview and core beliefs. After a period of personal crisis I realized
I had been wrong and determined to do my part in helping to bring renewal to
the pastors and members in the areas I served.
In the past decade doctrinal renewal has led to administrative, governance
and theological reform across the denomination.
Involvement with Fuller
By 2000 it
became clear that if I were to be effective in helping lead reform in the
regions I served I would need to go back to school and so began looking for a
program to help me stay in my context while upgrading my skills. After years of searching I heard about
Fuller’s MAGL which began in 2003 and enrolled in the first cohort – which we
appropriately named "Pioneer" Cohort. In
2004, because I already had a Master’s degree in Administration and because of
my experience, Shelley Trebesch, who developed the ML565 course, asked me to be her
TA. I have just recently completed a D-Miss degree
here at Fuller.
I was born and
grew up on the Caribbean island of Grenada.
I met my wife, Carmen, in here hometown of San Juan, PR, when I was sent
there in 1977 for ministerial training.
We got married in 1978 and moved to Jamaica that same year. We have three children: Robert, Michelle and
sports and movie going are among my hobbies.
As a family we love traveling and hosting parties. I recently took up cooking - basic stuff,
nothing fancy – and am surprised at how much I enjoy it.