Pastor Charlie accepted Calvary Baptist Church’s call to serve as pastor in January 2019.  He and Linda moved to Sherman on March 2019. He also pastored the church from 2000-2003.

Pastor Charlie was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He and his wife Linda were married August 29, 1969, in West Memphis, Arkansas. They have two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandsons. Pastor Charlie has been in the ministry for over 43 years. He surrendered to the ministry on March 1976 at Grace Baptist Church of Corning, Arkansas.

He attended the Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas, Oxford Baptist Seminary and also the Mid-South Baptist Institute in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

He has served congregations in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. Pastor Charlie also planted churches in Somerville, Tennessee, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hooks Texas and LifeBridge Baptist Church of Deer Park, Texas. Charlie and Linda started LifeBridge in their home with 7 other people. He served on the Arkansas State Missionary Committee. He helped organize the Tennessee State Missionary Baptist Association and served as the association’s first moderator.

He is the founder of Worldwide Missionary Service which is a ministry that has served missionaries throughout the world.

He is one of the founding directors and president of Reach America, Inc. A ministry that has assisted with Church Planting efforts throughout America.

He is the founder of AbundantLife, a ministry that focuses on ministering to the unchurched.

He is the founder of ABA-News which is an internet announcement service used by over 2000 churches, pastors, missionaries and others to help keep people informed as to current events of the American Baptist Association. has had over 850,000 views.

Pastor Charlie served as a Chaplain for the Deer Park Police Department for several years.

He was a Chaplin for the Pasadena Strawberry Festival (San Jacinto Day Foundation) and served on the Board for many years.

Pastor Charlie has helped develop two projects for the Baptist Sunday School Committee in Texarkana: “The Jerusalem Priority” and also “Chosen”. These two ministries assist churches in reaching the un-churched within their local communities.

He has led out in many Evangelist Out-Reaches for the American Baptist Association and also the Missionary Baptist Association of Texas.

Charlie and Linda’s desire are to glorify God by sharing the love of Jesus Christ and ministering to both the churched and unchurched.

Charlie Ellison

Charlie Ellison